Pharmacy staff get on their bikes for charity
Staff at a Rutherglen pharmacy were rummaging through their stock for cream to treat saddle sore after completing a gruelling 40-mile bike ride.
But it was all for the good cause, as Kyle Square were able to hand the Beatson a donation of over £1200.
A team of 11 big-hearted workers and friends of the chemist took part in the ride, which took them from Balloch to Arrochar and back again.
The event took place on June 7, but they only recently finished bringing in the money they had raised, with the final total being £1254.25.
David Dryden, who co- owns the popular Spittal pharmacy, was joined by staff members Danielle Reilly, Audrey Patterson, Jenny McKenna, Claire McDaid, Gavin Halliday, Rachel Jeffrey and Chloe Gray.
Also taking part were Rachel’s boyfriend, Darren Wilson, Jenny’s dad, Robert and his friend Raymond McCoy.
David’s business partner, Michael Balmer, was unable to don his cycling shorts as he was recovering from a knee injury, but he was there handing out moral support and keeping the cyclists hydrated.
While the team helped support each other on the day, David admitted he couldn’t wait to get home once he’d finished.
He said: “I finished a wee bit ahead of everyone else, so I went home. That’s why I’m not in the picture at the finish. “My backside was a bit raw, so I bolted!
“It was good though, I think everyone was pretty chuffed with themselves. I went back up that way the week after to do some hiking and drove the route, even in a car it took a while.
“We chose the Beatson because a number of our customers are patients there receiving treatment. It’s just something we all felt was a good, worthy cause.”
Kyle Square Pharmacy had previously raised money for the STV Appeal, and David admits he’d like to do more in future.
But he also knows if they do another physical challenge, they’ll probably have to put in the hours training this time: “A couple of the girls cycled round Overtoun Park and some went to Strathclyde Park, but that was pretty much it.
“I got an exercise bike and cycled from Newton to the People’s Palace. There and back is about 18 miles so that was about half our journey. I had no idea how many cycle tracks we had.
“We’d hope to do stuff like this more often, maybe try and get something once a year or maybe every two years.”
The Beatson, which rivals Europe’s top cancer hospitals in terms of facilities and equipment, provides West of Scotland cancer patients and staff with the most cutting edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to fight cancer.
Wheel-ie good David Dryden with (from left) Danielle Reilly, Jennifer McKenna and Audrey Patterson celebrate their fundraising feat