Cyclists raise funds for brain tumour charity in memory of John

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Cyclists weathered battering rain and wind to ride 110 miles from Glasgow to Lismore in memory of a close friend who lived on the island.

Graham Waddell and a team of three others took on the challenge to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, smashing their £2,000 target by raising £6,500.

They planned to start and finish the route through mighty Glencoe all in one day and made it in eight hours and 25 minutes – despite lashings of rain making it even tougher going.

Undeterred on Friday, Graham and his hardy teammates, including his son Euan and friends John Grewar and Ross Robertson, fought on and refused to give up.

The ride had to be postponed from earlier this yer after Graham broke his collarbone.

John MacCormick, a well-known Lismore farmer whose wife Hazel and children Rachel, 13, and Donald, 11, still live on the island, was just 49 when he was diagnosed with the most aggressive kind of brain tumour called glioblastoma.

Over the next 15 months, Mr MacCormick endured various treatments and clinical trials but passed away on May 16 last year.

Hazel said: ‘The cycle challenge means a lot to our family. It’s lovely they’ve done this for John. They wanted to do something to make a difference so others might not have to go through what we did.’

The cyclists were welcomed on to Lismore for a well-earned feast at a  barbecue at the MacCormicks’ shed and for an overnight stay.

Graham said: ‘We had quite an emotional welcome as we came over the hill on Lismore as there were about 30 or more people waiting for us, even a piper. It was really rather special. We’re just delighted we did it and hope our efforts will help others in John’s memory.’

To make a donation go to justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-waddell

Hazel is still making and selling lavender-scented Gift of Love candles to raise awareness of the support and care that Marie Curie gives across Oban and Argyll.

The special candles have been snapped up at Appin show and the last Oban produce market and will be available to buy soon at the heritage centre on Lismore and in the Appin shop.