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Highland Hospice supporters saddle up for April challenge to cover 200 miles


By Imogen James

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Hospice Cycle 200 challenge. Carrie MacDonald of the Hospice with willing volunteers Nicky Marr, Steve Barron and Paul Robinson. Picture Gary Anthony.
Hospice Cycle 200 challenge. Carrie MacDonald of the Hospice with willing volunteers Nicky Marr, Steve Barron and Paul Robinson. Picture Gary Anthony.

The Highland Hospice has kicked off its cycle 200 event as locals join in to support the charity.

Supporters have to cycle 200 miles over the month of April, raising money as they do so in their hospice-themed jerseys.

Carrie Macdonald, fundraiser at the Highland Hospice, said the charity is looking forward to the challenge, after a successful previous year.

“If the lovely spring weather is inspiring anyone to get fit, there’s no better way than this,” she added.

“Our Facebook group is such an encouraging and motivating community. We’d love to welcome you to our group!”

Nicky Marr, lifestyle coach and newspaper columnist from Inverness, is one of many taking part this year.

“I did the challenge last April, and signed up again this year, because Highland Hospice has supported too many of my friends who have needed end-of-life care,” she said.

“One friend talks about the hospice allowing them and their partner to live, while one was dying. It gave them the safety and sanctuary they needed to enjoy those most precious last few days.

“Selfishly, the challenge also helped me kick-start a great summer on my bike last year. Having to dig my bike out of the shed to hit my target miles helped get me into a good habit. And the sponsorship that poured in from family and friends, which all went to support the hospice’s work, was fantastic.

“I’d urge anyone who is even slightly interested in the challenge to sign up – no hesitation. The cycling does wonders for your physical and mental health while supporting a much-loved Highland institution. It’s a win-win. And it’s not too late!”

Last year more than 150 people took part across the Highlands, raising more than £50,000, and this year is looking promising.

Some have already raised more than £250 each so far.


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