Cole tugs at heartstrings

A cheque for �3450 was handed over to the Eileen McCallum Trust at Forsters Brechin on Wednesday afternoon. The money was raised by mother and daughter Maureen and Shannon Douglas pictured here with the cheque and Cole Robertson who has the illness. In the background are, from left - Liam Pirie, David Pirie, Steve Scott Forsters MD and Charlene Robertson.
A cheque for �3450 was handed over to the Eileen McCallum Trust at Forsters Brechin on Wednesday afternoon. The money was raised by mother and daughter Maureen and Shannon Douglas pictured here with the cheque and Cole Robertson who has the illness. In the background are, from left - Liam Pirie, David Pirie, Steve Scott Forsters MD and Charlene Robertson.

Cole Robertson, aged six, lives in Montrose with his mum, Charlene, little brother Liam (3), and stepdad David Pirie.

Cole was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive and fatal muscle-wasting disease affecting approximately 10 male children born in Scotland each year.

David works for Forster Roofing in Brechin, and is a highly experienced and long serving roof tiler/slater. It is through the Forster connection that a significant sum of money has been raised for the Eileen McCallum Trust, a voluntary organisation set up by families in Scotland who are affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Forster Roofing’s human resources manager, Maureen Douglas, Arbroath, with her 15-year-old daughter Shannon, cycled the 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats via Arran between June 17 and 30.

And in doing so they raised the marvellous sum of £3,450 in sponsorship for the Trust.

Cole will directly receive a percentage of the money raised.

Over the 14 days they carried their own gear on touring bikes, cycling on average 70 miles per day and staying mostly in Youth Hostels.

Maureen explained that the inspiration to get mobile on two wheels came about during a family holiday in Caithness when they saw people biking up and down Berriedale Braes.

The cycles were purchased and once they had decided to undertake the sponsored event, mum and daughter began training. Maureen explained: “We worked away during evenings and at weekends but I feel it was still an accomplishment getting through it.”

One training outing took them from Arbroath to Dunkeld, where they camped overnight, round Loch Tay to Glen Lyon, where they camped again, then back to Arbroath. All their gear was carried in panniers.

Maureen is keen to undertake another long journey, but Shannon is not so sure.

Both extend thanks to all their generous sponsors.