LOCAL lady Rhona Guild is set to bike from London to Paris in aid of Action Medical Research.
Rhona, from Kirriemuir, plans to complete the 300-mile trek from July 17 to 21 this year.
Action Medical Research have been in existence for over 60 years and raise funds to support research into childhood illnesses and disabilities. Research takes place locally and also in Aberdeen.
The charity’s early funding helped support polio research from monitoring, diagnosing and preventing infection to improving survivors’ lives and other important research includes avoiding side effects of childhood brain tumour surgery and research into premature birth and stillbirth.
For more information you can visit www.action.org.uk.
Rhona, who took part in the Caledonian Etape last year in aid of the Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia charity, said: “I am keen to support this charity for a number of reasons, both personal and professional. I think most people in developed countries now take healthy babies and children for granted, and for the majority of people this is the case, thanks to developments in health care arising from research supported by organisations such as Action Medical Research. We need to support research to reduce future childhood deaths from long term conditions such as asthma and also from childhood cancers, and also increase survival of babies born prematurely.”
She added: “The bike ride will be my biggest challenge to date and I hope I can raise £1,500 to help the charity in the process. I am meeting the trip costs myself. To date I have raised £600, and have a few fund-raisers planned, which included bag packing in the Asda store in Forfar on Saturday where we raised £471. While the bike ride is a few months off, I hope to have the intensive efforts of fund raising behind me by April to let me focus on training for the event.”
Rhona is grateful for any sponsorship and you can sponsor her trek from London to Paris by visiting her fund raising page at www.action.org.uk/sponsor/rguild.