Kellie’s 500-mile charity challenge

I will bike 500 miles: Kellie Gorman and Hannah Archibald from CHAS are pictured during her sponsored cycle.'Staff photo
I will bike 500 miles: Kellie Gorman and Hannah Archibald from CHAS are pictured during her sponsored cycle.'Staff photo

MONTROSE shop assistant Kellie Gorman took on a mammoth static bike challenge recently for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Inspired by a family member who visits CHAS hospice Rachel House in Kinross, Kellie set up an exercise bike in the Scottish Hydro Electric shop where she works with the aim of covering 500 miles in just five days while dressed as Minnie Mouse - and still dealing with customers’ inquiries.

She came up with the idea after discussing fund-raising with her boss Carrie Milne.

She said: “I wanted to do something different but I’m working full-time. It was suggested that I could do it over a week and between us we thought the exercise bike seemed to fit in well.

“I firstly wanted to do it dressed as a Smurf but it was going to take too long to get the costume. I still wanted something that would be quite cool so decided on Minnie Mouse.”

Kellie completed her task with the help of sponsorship from friends and family and support from customers at Scottish Hydro Electric and the Caledonian Bar in Brechin where she works at weekends.

In terms of distance covered she hit her peak on the third day of her challenge when she covered 62 miles in the morning and the same in the afternoon. But she did admit to having shaky legs afterwards - and to having to do a lot of standing when she got home in the evening.

Her next challenge will be on Saturday, June 23, when she will undertake a skydive, with the aim of raising £1,000.

CHAS fund-raiser Hannah Archibald visited the shop on the final day of Kellie’s challenge to offer encouragement over the last few miles.

She said: “We’re so grateful to Kellie for her support and dedication to her challenge.

“All the money Kellie raises will help children and young people with life-shortening conditions from across Scotland who use CHAS services.”

Anyone wishing to support Kelly’s skydive can do so online at http://www.justgiving.com/keliie-gorman.