David gets on his bike for hospice

David Hedley
David Hedley

A cyclist has raised more than £4,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of hi s mum who was cared for at the charity’s Stobhill hospice.

David Hedley (34), from Bishopbriggs, raised the money by taking part in the UK’s premier sportive event, Etape Caledonia.

The event, which starts and finishes in the Perthshire town of Pitlochry, takes participants through 81 miles of closed road cycling, and is widely regarded as one of the most stunning sportives in the UK. This year the event saw 5,250 cyclists take part.

David started fundraising in 2012 after his mother was cared for by the Marie Curie Cancer Care hospice. Two years later, he has raised over £4,000 and taken part in three Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Series events, the Etape Pennines 2012 and Etape Caledonia in 2013 and 2014.

He said: “I’m very proud of raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. When my mum was cared for by Marie Curie Cancer Care they were so supportive. It means a great deal to know that the money we raise allows Marie Curie Cancer Care to keep doing the fantastic work that they do. T

“The support they gave our whole family was incredible and invaluable. Raising money is just our way to say thank you to the wonderful nurses – who my mum called her angles.”

In 2013, David completed the Etape Caledonia race in just over five hours and this year he managed to cut his time down and finished in under five hours.