Medical staff from Forfar will take part in one of the country’s premier sporting events to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Dr Guy Woodroffe and Dr Nico Grunenberg, from the Ravenswood Surgery, and district nurses Tracy Green and Carol Chubb will take the high road to the highlands on May 8 for the annual Etape Caledonia.
One of the most popular closed-road cycling events in the country, it follows an 81-mile route through the spectacular scenery of Highland Perthshire with its start and finish in Pitlochry.
The route, which includes the Munro Schiehallion, is expected to take between five and six hours to complete and they are currently training hard for what will be a difficult test of stamina.
Dr Susan Woodroffe said the fund-raising was a personal challenge for Guy and the quartet were undertaking the event in memory of a relative.
She said: “We are raising money in memory of Cal Ballantine. Cal was mine and Guy’s nephew, who sadly passed away in December after a 10-month battle against a rare cancer.
“TCT gave him immense support and Cal started fund-raising for them while he was ill by starting a company called ‘Made in Manchester’ selling T-shirts he had designed himself.
“By the time he passed away he had raised £20,000 for TCT. Rather poignantly the Etape is taking place the day after what would have been Cal’s 20th birthday.”
All funds raised will go to TCT which supports teenagers with cancer all over the country. Every day in the UK around seven young people are diagnosed with cancer and TCT is the only charity dedicated to supporting them through their treatment.
Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Sue-Woodroffe and sponsor forms are also available in all the Forfar GP surgeries.