Two daring dentists have been clocking up the miles in training for two major cycling events to raise money for the Ben Walton Trust.
Andrew Boggon of the High Street Dental Centre in Montrose and Bob Thomson of R & P.M. Thomson, 1 Castle Street, Brechin, are raising money for the charity which raises awareness of oral cancers.
As dental surgeons, both Bob and Andrew wanted to raise funds specifically for a dental charity.
After meeting the founder of the Ben Walkton Trust, Mike Walton, at both the British Dental Association local branch meeting at Dundee dental school and the Royal College of Surgeons Oral Cancer Study Day in Glasgow, they both knew which charity to focus on.
By the time this editorial is published, Bob, along with his friends and relatives of some of his mouth cancer patients, will have completed the Etape Loch Ness (on Sunday, May 4) which starts and ends in Inverness after cycling right round Loch Ness on roads temporarily closed to public vehicles. The route being 67 miles with around 1,200 riders taking part.
On Sunday (May 11), Bob and Andrew will team up with some of the same riders to complete the Etape Caledonia which begins in Pitlcohry, having gone through some lovely countryside with some incredibly steep hills.
The total journey is 81 miles and around 6,000 riders will participate.
If you would like to donate to the charity and help Bob and Andrew in their task, you can either call into their practices in either Brechin or Montrose or visit their ‘JustGiving’ donation pages at www.justgiving.com/Bob-Thomson3 and www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Boggon2 where you can donate money easily online.
The Ben Walton Trust was set up in 1996 to commemorate Ben and his year long struggle with mouth cancer.
Ben was a student at Aberdeen University and was only 22-years-old when he died.
For more information on the charity you can visit their website at www.benwaltontrust.org