Monster trek boosts charity

An Aberdeen car technician has raised hundreds of pounds for the Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal after completing a gruelling hike and bike challenge.

Graham Auld from Volkswagen retailer, Specialist Cars, undertook the 73-mile Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike challenge, raising £656 for the appeal.

It was the stunning views and supporters that kept Graham going, which saw him complete the endurance challenge in 18 hours and 48 minutes.

He said: “It was very tough but the weather, views and supporters were great, making the aches, pains and blisters all worthwhile. 

“One of the best parts of the day was the bike section from Fort William to Fort Augustus. The trail through the forest and the mountain climb was amazing and something I had never done before.”

The 37-year-old was joined by three colleagues who all work for the John Clark Motor Group, owners of Specialist Cars. The automotive group recently named the Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal as its dedicated charity for the next two years.

Graham added: “There was some friendly competition between my colleagues on the day but I used that to spur me on. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal aims to raise £3million to build a new purpose built Maggie’s cancer caring centre in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. It will provide emotional and practical support to patients and loved ones from across the north-east.

The appeal is being led by Maggie’s and the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, set up by 2010 Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie, in memory of his mother who died from the disease.