Music teacher Shelagh raises £10k for charity

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A Deeside music teacher - who survived stomach cancer – has raised more than £10,000 for a cancer charity with the help of generous friends and family.

More than 50 people – aged from 6 to 64 years - took part in either a 46-mile, or 7-mile sponsored cycle earlier this month from Braemar to Drumoak or Banchory to Drumoak, organised by violin teacher Shelagh Reid (54), of Drumoak.

Shelagh was diagnosed with the illness in 2009. She organised the cycle in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support as a way of saying thank you for all the care and support she received during her illness.

“We had a fantastic day and I would just like to say a massive thank you to all those who took part in the ride,” said Shelagh, who has taught at St Margaret’s in Aberdeen for 16 years.

“More than £10,000 has been raised, with one family from St Margaret’s raising more than £2,000.

“The money is going to Macmillan Cancer Support, who gave me so much help and support when I was ill and needed them most - just £5,000 can fund a Macmillan Clinical specialist for a month, £4,000 can fund a Macmillan nurse to support families or individuals, while £3,000 can pay for the build cost of a Macmillan Information Point to allow easily access to information.

“I would like to thank all participants, from our support vehicles drivers, the stewards, Drumoak Church for its use of the hall for refreshments, and for the ladies who gave us our well deserved drink and food. Also, ARR Haulage who were on standby for transporting bikes and Banchory Cycles for a supply of spares, Shirlie Geddes, my local Macmillan fund raiser support and last but not least St Margaret’s school for Girls for their encouragement and amazing support.”

Shelagh, who was used to climbing Munros, hill-walking and cycling before her illness, has had to start from scratch to build up her fitness levels again.

For further information, contact Shelagh on 07977 134057. Shelagh also has a JustGiving page, which can found at