Phar­macy staff get on their bikes for char­ity

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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

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