Roberts family’s thanks to Bute for helping raise £50,000

A ROTHESAY family has paid tribute to the efforts of the community on Bute for helping to raise £50,000 to support children with cancer over the last seven years.

Chris and Kim Roberts, who were inspired to raise money for CLIC Sargent after their daughter Brianne was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2005, spoke to The Buteman as Chris made final preparations for his latest fund-raising mission in aid of the charity - a trek along the Great Wall of China.

Chris flies out to Beijing on Monday as part of a team from the Brianne Roberts Challenge Group on a ten-day challenge which marks the fifth anniversary of Brianne being given the all-clear by her doctors, and sees Chris hoping to emulate his trip to the historic city of Machu Picchu in Peru in 2010.

“There are a lot of people behind the scenes who aren’t going on this particular trek,” Chris told The Buteman this week. “The whole of the Challenge Group has worked really hard to get us where we are, but without the support of the community on Bute there’s no way we would have raised as much as £50,000.

“You can’t do it without the support of the community and we’re tremendously grateful to everyone for their generosity.”

The group’s China trek is being organised by Edinburgh-based company Really Wild Challenges, and will cover an average of eight miles a day - which may not sound like much, but which, according to Chris, includes an awful lot of climbing!

“There are six of us going - myself, Richard Home, Neil Macraild, Ewan Wilson, Shona Edwards and James Stevenson,” Chris continued.

“Everybody’s been walking and cycling and all the other mad things you need to do to convince yourself you’re ready for it.

“Unfortunately I’ve just had knee surgery, which isn’t the best preparation - but hopefully it’ll get me through.”

We’ll be following the group’s China progress through our Facebook and Twitter pages and at www.buteman.co.uk - and watch out for a blow-by-blow report of the experience when they get home!