‘Coffin-dodging’ cyclists raise charity cash

Pictured left to right are Kate Anderson, Gwynneth Rixon and Vic Posse with Maureen Stevenson Marie Curie Fundraising Manager, Scotland South
Pictured left to right are Kate Anderson, Gwynneth Rixon and Vic Posse with Maureen Stevenson Marie Curie Fundraising Manager, Scotland South

A group of keen cyclists raised cash for a charity providing free care for people with terminal illness in the Ayrshire area.

Kate Anderson, Chair of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Ayrshire Fundraising Group, was delighted to greet Vic Possee and Gwynneth Rixon at the South West of Scotland Fundraising office in Prestwick recently and accept their donation totalling £155.

The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide free hands-on care for people with all terminal illnesses in their own homes in the local area, and vital emotional support to their loved ones.

Vic and Gwynneth, both veteran track cyclists, raised the funds through their love of cycling. A collection at Ayr Road Cycling Club’s first ever Cyclocross event held at Wellington School, Ayr in October 2014 raised £55.

A further £100 was raised through donations from the sale of cycling shirts to members of the ‘Coffin Dodgers Flying Wings Track Racing Team’.

This team and their unique shirts are the idea of Vic himself and are available to individuals aged over 75 who are still competing in cycle track racing throughout the world.

Designed by Gwynneth, the task of embroidering the 40,000 stitches contained within the design falls to local company, BLU Designs in Mauchline.

These fundraising ideas are just a few of the ways to fundraise for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Should you wish to fundraise, join your local fundraising group or volunteer your time or skills please contact Elma Mitchell, Community Fundraiser on 01292 478328, or email elma.mitchell@mariecurie.org.uk.