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Caol youngster Josh MacGillivray put his cycling skills to good use recently when he braved cold weather to cover 44 miles and raise more than £482 for Cancer Research.
Lochaber High pupil Josh, 12, lost his mum Sarah O’Brien to cancer last August when she was aged just 31 and Josh undertook the challenge at the end of October in her memory.
Sarah and her family had been living in Dalmuir, although regular holidays and visits to Caol meant that Josh knew the area very well, before coming to live with his Gran, Sheena MacGillvray, three years ago.
With a very positive attitude, Josh, who also has a younger brother and sister, wanted to both recognise his mum’s battle with the illness and at the same time raise money for Cancer Research.
So as a keen biker, who regularly cycles to Torcastle with his Grandpa, Brian Dunlop, he took up the challenge of a sponsored cycle from Caol to Laggan Locks and back.
On a very bright, but cold Sunday at the end of October, Josh set off with Grandpa heading up the canal to Clunes, then off along forestry tracks to his destination, stopping for a quick picnic before heading back.
Regardless of the cold, Josh ploughed on completing the journey in nine hours, being heard to comment when the lights of Caol appeared before him as dusk fell, ‘Ah, mission accomplished’.
Indeed it was as his efforts paid off, raising a total of £482.46 from the sponsor sheets he had distributed and other donations.
Josh commented: ‘It was really cold, but not too bad and I’m glad I managed to complete it. I would like to thank everyone who helped by supporting me’.
And Josh is already planning more fundraising activities, such as a parachute jump and ultimately climbing Mount Everest, although as his Gran suggested, he should perhaps start with Ben Nevis!
Josh and his Grandpa, Brian Dunlop, took to their bikes for the fantastic charity cycling challenge. Picture Iain Ferguson, alba.photos