A WOMAN from Menmuir has been left overwhelmed by the generosity and support she received from her friends throughout Menmuir, Brechin and Montrose after raising £1325 for the Tayside MS Therapy Centre, Dundee.
Joy Spence raised the money by taking part in the Great Western Australian Bike Ride in March, which saw her cycle over 330 miles in just nine days.
Originally Joy decided to take part in the challenge to celebrate her sixtieth birthday but after finding out that other cyclists were raising money to MS charities Joy decided she would raise money for the Tayside MS Therapy Centre in Dundee.
Cycling was something new for Joy, as she only recently took it up to allow her to complete this challenge.
“People were very, very generous and I have been left overwhelmed by the support I received,” explained Joy.
“I decided to do the bike ride for a personal achievement.
“My brother had done these bike rides before and so I decided that would be my aim for this year.
“I was only doing it for my own personal achievement but when I got talking to people about it they asked if I was being sponsored.
“I then went on the website for the bike ride and found out the chosen charity for this bike ride was MS Australia.
“I have a few friends locally who go through to the therapy centre and was aware of the benefit that they got from it so I felt it was a good, local cause.
“I trained for about seven or eight months beforehand to get myself ready for this challenge.
“The bike ride itself was not too bad.
“I was really pleased with how my training had gone and I got on really well. I did not have any sore muscles or anything.
“The weather was all right as well. It was cool to start with and got up into 30 degrees.
“We just made sure we drank enough water and had plenty of rest.
“I have never been to that part of Australia before so I got the opportunity to see some different parts of the country.”
PICTURED LEFT: Joy Spence with Mikael Johannesson, handing over the cheque to the MS Therapy Centre, in Dundee.