Cycling coast to coast for wheelchair

Gillian Ramsay (right) with Kirriemuir couple Robert and Maureen Carrie on their wedding day on Sunday.
Gillian Ramsay (right) with Kirriemuir couple Robert and Maureen Carrie on their wedding day on Sunday.

A trio of determined cyclists are heading off on a fund-raising bike-run this weekend to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair for Kirriemuir stroke victim Robert Carrie.

Gill Ramsay, a class-room assistant at Whitehills Primary School in Forfar and a part-time exercise instructor at Forfar and Brechin, will be joined by her husband Mike, a quantity surveyor with Angus Council and Kathy Upton from Kirriemuir, who is a theatre nurse at Ninewells Hospital.

They aim to cover a total of 282 miles starting on Friday, cycling from the most westerly point of Scotland at Ardnamurchan to the most easterly point at Buchan Ness, Peterhead.

They hope to raise enough money to purchase a special wheelchair for Robert, who had a stroke four years ago.

Gillian explained: “Robert was a very active man who ran numerous marathons until he had his stroke. He got married on Sunday to his partner Maureen at The Lands of Loyal Hotel. Robert cannot walk, talk (apart from yes, no, maybe) and Maureen is such a wonderful lady; I would like to help them both as much as I can.”

The three will head off early on Friday morning to drive to Ardnamurchan in time to cycle their first 70-mile leg to Fort William.

On Saturday they will cycle another 70 miles to Aviemore where they will spend the night in a youth hostel before heading off on Sunday morning to cycle another 70 miles to Turriff.

On Monday they will complete their final leg to Peterhead before adding another 40 miles to finish in Duthie Park, Aberdeen.

Gill and Mike are both keen cyclists and have taken part in other enduring challenges including the Etap event at Pitlochry. Kathy is also a keen cyclist who met Gill at one of her exercise classes.

Gill first met Robert at the Brechin Leisure Centre where she ran classes whilst he was employed as a charge hand leisure attendant.

She continued: “Robert used to do marathons and never had an injury; then he was found in his house when he had had a stroke. He is lucky to be alive. Maureen is such a selfless woman and we want to raise enough money to help them buy a power chair as Robert can’t walk.

“Robert and Maureen got married on Sunday. It was a lovely day and it brought a tear to the eye, it was just fantastic.”

Gill and Mike have raised £500 to date. They have set up a website where supporters can follow their progress and can donate money towards their efforts.

Visit where you can follow the link to make a donation via paypal.