Marathon cycle for charity

A MONTROSE girl will cycle between Glasgow and Edinburgh later this year in memory of her gran and to raise funds for Maggie’s Centres.

Former academy pupil Carmen Hutchison was inspired to take to the road as part of this year’s Pedal for Scotland campaign to raise funds for the cancer charity after losing her much-loved gran to the disease in February.

The 18-year-old, who now studies advertising and PR at Aberdeen College, has set herself a target of £200 but hopes to raise much more by completing the 47-mile journey which will take place on Sunday, September 9.

She said: “The charity I am raising money for is Maggie’s Centres a charity that helps people affected by Cancer, their friends, families and carers. I unfortunately lost my Granny to lung cancer and this sad loss is what inspired me to raise money for the charity.

“I know how hard it is for both the person with cancer and the people they love them and that is why I am helping Maggie’s Centres to keep giving support to those who need it.

“I’ve been endlessly campaigning through social media and my blog, reaching out to everyone I can including celebrities to try and gather donations. I have had a harder time training for 47 miles than I thought I would and I don’t think I realised how far that actually is or how much effort and strength it will take me to complete.”

Carmen said that, despite the hard training and preparation, she is looking forward to the run which is an annual event open to charity fund raisers from across the country.

She continued: “Cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh will give me a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have in Scotland and I am very excited for the challenge. I really wish to make a difference with the donations received but I need help. I know there are amazing people in Montrose that can truly help improve the lives of many people given the chance.”

Further information about Carmen and her fund-raising effort, as well as details about how to make a donation, is available from her charity web page at

Further information Pedal for Scotland can be found online at