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Wheely long cycle raises money for Ninewells

A 290-mile cycle ride from Leeds to Dundee has raised more than £3,500 for three charities.

Matthew Hallam, his wife and his cycling friends successfully completed the gruelling 290 miles, over three days to raise money for the haematology ward at Ninewells Hospital, the Paul Skyes unit at St James Hospital in Leeds and Cancer Research UK.

On day one, the cyclists travelled 105 miles from Leeds to Newcastle. On day two, they travelled 120 miles from Newcastle to Edinburgh. On day three, they travelled 65 miles from Edinburgh to Dundee and were joined by Birnam and Pitlochry cycling group on the last leg of the cycle.

Matthew’s sister Emma Gray said, “In September last year I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Three weeks later, Matthew was diagnosed with a rare urethral cancer. I received chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Ninewells Hospital while Matt underwent surgery at St James Hospital in Leeds.

“The money raised will be split between three charities. 40% each to Ninewells and St James and 20% to Cancer Research.

“Matthew has done a great job organising the fundraiser. This is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has looked after us. The care has been fantastic.”

Accepting the donation, charge nurse Laura Baird said, “Thank you to Matthew, Emma and everyone who took part in the cycle. They raised an amazing amount of money for us and the other two charities.”

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Fife bike ride raises money for Ninewells

Two friends have completed a 100-mile cycle around Fife to raise money for the Stefani Unit at Ninewells.

Friends Magnus More and Vic Leitch teamed up to take on the cycling challenge which took them through many towns including St Andrews, Cupar and Newburgh, and raised £1,200 for the unit.

Magnus was diagnosed with melanoma in 2016 and is currently part of a clinical trial in the Stefani Unit.

Magnus said, “The team from the Stefani Unit are brilliant. They’ve been there for me during the good and bad times. They really do care about all their patients. The cycle was a way to give back to the unit and thank them for everything they have done.”

Accepting the donation, clinical research nurse Debbie Forbes said, “’On behalf of the Stefani Unit I would like to say a huge thank you to Magnus and Vic for their very generous donation. What an achievement to have cycled 100 miles around Fife to raise these funds. The money they have raised will go towards our patient comfort fund.”

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