UCAN to benefit from Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally

The urological cancer charity, UCAN, will be the main beneficiary from the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan’s annual Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally.

Entry forms have been sent out this week to prospective exhibitors for this year’s rally, which will be held at Milton of Crathes on Sunday, May 27.

The rally is well established as a major attraction on Royal Deeside and regularly attracts more than 150 vintage and classic vehicles as well as a large attendance of enthusiasts and families looking for an enjoyable day out.

“It is always a great day out for both exhibitors and spectators and we look forward to welcoming a large turnout of vehicles from a wide area, as in previous years,” said Rotarian Richard Bridger, chairman of the organising committee.

“Most of the proceeds will be donated towards the UCAN campaign to raise £2.5 million towards the cost of new state-of-the-art facilities for the treatment of urological cancer patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which I think everyone will agree, is a most deserving cause. But donations will also be made to a number of local charities in the Banchory area.”

UCAN is spearheading the fundraising campaign to enable the infirmary to purchase Scotland’s first robotically assisted keyhole surgical system and a suite of two integrated operating theatres which it is hoped will be installed next year.

The robotic system will be used by the urological, general surgery and gynaecological teams at the hospital and will cost £1.5m with the new theatres costing an additional £1m.

UCAN fundraising manager, Fiona Pearson, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Banchory Ternan for choosing to support UCAN and helping us bring this new technology to Aberdeen which will greatly benefit patients in the North-east of Scotland in the near future and for generations to come.”

The rally includes the opportunity for vehicle owners to take part in a road run from Crathes to Raemoir, Torphins, Inchmarlo, Banchory and back to Crathes.