Hitting the trail from Ho Chi Minh

Fiona Forbes and Gary Downie, Scotland 'manager', receive their cheque from Alan Hampton of Forfar Roof Truss Company.
Fiona Forbes and Gary Downie, Scotland 'manager', receive their cheque from Alan Hampton of Forfar Roof Truss Company.

This month’s Forfar Roof Truss award goes to a mother and daughter from Forfar whose charity fund-raising will take them to Southeast Asia.

Sharon Forbes, her mum Fiona, and her partner Holly Aiken will undertake a 260-mile cycle through Vietnam and Cambodia next February to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

They have chosen these two charities particularly as Sharon’s granddad - Fiona’s dad - suffered a stroke in 2008 and Holly’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Sharon said: “This remarkable nine-day challenge will take us from the colourful city of Ho Chi Minh in Southern Vietnam to historic Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

“The adventure begins with the exploration of the elaborate warren Cu Chi Tunnels and progresses as we spend five days cycling through rural Vietnam over the border into Cambodia. On our journey, we’ll find ourselves surrounded by paddy fields, rubber plantations and traditional wooden houses that take shade under the coconut palms.

“We may also catch a glimpse of water buffalos or the rare Mekong river dolphin before peddling into the busy city of Kampong Cham. Our challenge culminates with an exploration of ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, before sharing our last dinner together in Siem Reap.

“This moeny will go towards the charities’ funds.”

To help the fund-raising along, Sharon has organised a Scotland vs England football match this Saturday at West End’s Strathmore Park in Forfar, complete with bouncy castle and barbecue. Entry will cost £2, and 50p for children with kick-off at 1.30pm.