And they're off! Today marks the start of Hugh and Margaret Forgie's epic 2000 mile sponsored cycling challenge from The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre to Malaga, Spain!
Hugh is a patient at The Beatson and has lived with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) for 13 years. As an ex-Scotland athlete, triathlete and member of Great Britain's long range rifle team competing in two world championships, Hugh is determined to raise thousands of pounds for the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre via Beatson Cancer Charity and the couple have organised lots of fundraising events, bag packs and collections to reach their target.
Hugh is planning to cycle an unbelievable 140 miles per day with Margaret cycling an additional 60! Already an incredible £23,000 has been raised by the couple with more money coming in by the day. Hugh's Beatson nurse, Donna who has known the couple for many years is also going along with the couple in the support vehicle.
Charlene Elliott, Head of Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity said:
"We'd like to say a huge thank you to Hugh and Margaret for all their determination, hard efforts and generosity. This amount raised so far is incredible and we wish them all the best as they cycle to Spain!"
Professor Tessa Holyoake, Director at The Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, said: "This is a brilliant, if exhausting way to both publicise and raise funds for the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow. As Director of the Centre, I am enormously grateful to Hugh and Margaret for the support they are giving and the real difference that they, and others like them, make to the battle against cancer.
"Since The Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre opened in 2008, the work that we do has dramatically increased. We have doubled our research team and we have attracted senior scientists from all over the world. The work that goes on at the Centre is internationally renowned and the research that happens here helps to make a positive difference to the lives of patients living with leukaemia. Regular fundraising donations are vital to ensure that our scientists working here can continue their ground-breaking research.
"On behalf of everyone at The Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, I would like to thank Hugh and Margaret for all the funds they have raised so far and I wish them all the very best for their challenge."
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