Local charity Calum’s Cabin is £500 better off this week thanks to a donation from a delivery driver who cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh in the ‘Pedal for Scotland’ event earlier this year.
George Murray, who works for the catering supplies firm 3663, was inspired to help when he found out more about the charity as a result of a chance meeting in the queue for the ferry on Rothesay pier after making a delivery to the Glenburn Hotel in the town.
In appreciation of his efforts, the Glenburn’s management agreed to give George a free one-night stay in the hotel, and he presented Tara Timms from Calum’s Cabin with the sponsorship proceeds from his 49-mile ride at the hotel on Friday.
Calum’s Cabin was set up in 2007 after 12-year-old Rothesay boy Calum Speirs died following a year-long battle with a brain tumour.
Before he died Calum expressed a wish to give others in similar situations the chance to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Bute for themselves; the charity now runs two houses on the island where seriously ill children and their families can come and enjoy a peaceful break away from their day-to-day worries.
“Duncan Speirs [Calum’s father] gave me a leaflet encouraging me to vote for Calum’s Cabin in a National Lottery award competition,” George said, “and I decided then to do the Pedal for Scotland in September to help the charity.
“I bought a bike, took my car off the road and cycled to and from work every day for three months to get fit. I lost two and a half stones in the process, and completed the ride in about four and a half hours.
“Friends, relatives and colleagues sponsored me to the tune of £400, and 3663 added a £100 donation - but we’ve been so busy at work that I haven’t been able to come to Bute to hand over the funds until now.”