Reaching for the stars for a great cause

Charity cycle
Charity cycle

CARING brothers have completed one of Britain’s most gruelling challenges to raise over £50,000 for the charity which helped their mum during her brave battle with cancer.

Damian and Martin McGinty and their friends – known as the Flying Helmets – cycled the demanding 1575km from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care earlier this month.

The brothers decided to take on the challenge after they lost their mum, Patricia, to skin cancer last year at the age of just 52.

Patricia, who was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Stobhill Hospital, passed away just five weeks after being diagnosed with the disease.

Damian, from Bishopbriggs, said: “As all too many people know losing a parent at a relatively young age is really tough.

“Our mum was one of the most caring, understanding and, above all, fun-loving people you could ever wish to meet.

“The staff and volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice allowed her to carry on being all of those things throughout her time there.

“As a family we cannot speak highly enough of the services that Marie Curie Cancer Care provides.

“Our mum spent a week at the hospice in Glasgow and was also visited at home by Marie Curie nurses, who made her as comfortable as possible and enabled her to spend time in her own surroundings, amongst family and friends.

“The Marie Curie team provided expert care and support, completely free of charge.

“They gave our mum the best possible quality of life in her final days and we are forever grateful for the incredible service provided.”

The team managed to complete their gruelling challenge to pedal the length of Britain in nine days. To take part in the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle in 2012 visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/lejog or call 08700 340 040 for more information.