Bike ride boosts cancer funds in memory of mum

Just some of the 99 cyclists who turned up for the Boxing Day ride round Loch Creran in aid of Marie Curie.

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Cyclists raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity which brought comfort to a Barcaldine mum during her last days.

On Boxing Day, Helen Groom’s son, Steven, organised a cycle ride round Loch Creran for Marie Curie and, with the help of 99 riders of all ages, made £271.20 for the charity.

Self-employed joiner Steven from Benderloch, who is also a committee member of North Argyll Cycling Club (NACC), said the bumper turnout was a record for the annual event, now in its fourth year.

And he said the next one, the 2020 Boxing Day ride, would be in aid of  Macmillan Cancer Support – which also helped his family. He hopes it will attract more than 100 riders.

‘This time last year Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support played a huge part in the comfort of my mum in her last days,’ he said.

Steven’s mum was diagnosed as being terminally ill with cancer just after Boxing Day 2018 and passed away just weeks later on January 19.

Steven will be linking up with NACC team-mate Fraser Inglis to take on the 24-hour Strathpuffer endurance event on January 18 and 19. Out of 120 pairs who entered the mountain-biking challenge last year, Steven and then team-mate Nick Charlton came in at seventh place.

The ride was a poignant one for Steven because of his tragic loss the night before but his heartbreak and determination to do his mum proud fuelled him through it.