£33k raised for Forget-Me-Not

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The Forget-Me-Not Club is to receive more than £33,000 from a sponsored bike ride across Scotland which took place last weekend.

The ride took 45 riders, who all work for BP at Dyce, from Helensburgh to Aberdeen.

One of them Keith Nettleton, who lives in Banchory, nominated the Deeside dementia support club as one the charities to benefit this year. The others are Motor Neuron Disease Scotland and Riding for the Disabled, Gordon Group.

When the riders arrived back in Aberdeen on Sunday night after three days of riding, £40,000 had been pledged online.

A further £5,000 had been raised in a workplace raffle. BP will match the £45,000 raised, and with gift aid added, the organisers are hoping that this year’s total will exceed £100,000 which will be split equally across the three charities.

“Each year for the past three years, staff at BP’s North Sea Headquarters in Dyce have taken on a challenge to cycle coast to coast across Scotland to raise money for charity,” said Keith who has taken part in each ride.

“We have been very lucky in the past to get really generous support, and it’s happened again this year.

I have seen in my own family the very valuable work of Forget-Me-Not, and it’s really great to be supporting them.” 

Mike Crofts, the Forget-Me-Not Club secretary, met the riders on their return to Aberdeen to hand over a thank you certificate.

Meanwhile the Forget-Me-Not Club is to benefit from the sale of a very unusual item on ebay, offered for auction by Gordon Watson of Sunnyside Avenue, Drumoak.

The unusual item is a personal cheque from Dion DiMucci, of Dion and the Belmonts who has hits with such classics as Runaround Sue and The Wanderer. “Back in the 1990s I produced a Dion fanzine called Yo Frankie,” Gordon said. “Dion liked it so much he ordered a bunch and send me a cheque for $75.00. Being a huge collector, of course I never cashed it. I’ve been thinking about what to do with it after all these years. “Rather than sell it for a few pennies, I kind of hoped that it may reach a higher price if I auction it for charity.”

Pictured, above: Coast to coast cyclists from BP present the cheque to Deeside’s Forget Me-Not-Club