Banchory woman cycling for funds

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Banchory resident, Anna Liversidge, is taking to her bike to raise money for cancer research on Sunday.

Still on a high after completing the 81 mile Etape Caledonia cycle challenge for the first time last year, Anna decided to enter it again.

She said: “I was just going to do it for ‘fun’ this time. However, one of my friends, Dr Russell Petty, has recently set up a charity to raise funds for research into stomach and oesophageal cancer.

“At the same time another good friend’s dad was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, and is in fact currently under the care of Dr Petty.

“It was then that I decided to try and raise some money through sponsorship for GASTROCAN.”

Anna’s own family has also been affected by the disease.

She added: “With both my Mum and Dad dying from cancer 14 and 11 years ago, and my brother being diagnosed with cancer in his 20s, and a survivor, I am very aware of the awful impact that cancer causes.”

You can support Anna Liversidge at http://www.justgiving.com/Anna-Derek-Liversidge.

Meanwhile, a group of residents from Banchory have already raised nearly £5000 for GASTROCAN last month by running in the Balmoral Run.

Laura Tulloch, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “If we include the gift aid, the amount raised exceeds all our expectations coming in at around five times the original target!

“It was a fantastic day and everyone did really well. GASTROCAN would like to thank all those who took part for their hard work obtaining sponsors and in particular, thank the public for their generous support.

“Donations are still coming in and if anyone would like to support us please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Laura-Tulloch4.”

Founded by Dr Russell Petty, GASTROCAN (Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund) is the only charity that raises money specifically for research into stomach and oesophageal cancer.

Dr Petty leads the Aberdeen University and NHS Grampian research programme into the causes and new treatments for this devastating disease.

Gastric (stomach) and oesophageal (gullet) cancers are among the most rapidly-rising types of cancer and rates in Scotland are among the highest in the world.

While advances have been made in treatment to control gastro-oesophageal cancer, cure rates remain low especially in comparison to other types of cancer.

Dr Petty said: “It is thanks to fundraising efforts like these that we can continue our fight against this devastating disease.”

Pictured above are the runners from Banchory who raised nearly £5000