Massive tribute to Shaziya
A fundraising drive in memory of a Balloch mum has now raised an incredible £7535.
The Lennox Herald reported last week how cyclists gathered from as far away as the Scottish Borders and Inverness to take part in the Shaziya Asif Memorial Fund cycle ride last month.
The 46-year-old mum-of-three, who was an avid cyclist, died in April after being diagnosed with the rare condition amyloidosis.
Her family and friends are aiming to raise money for the National Amyloidosis Centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
The fundraising cyclists relaxed after their huge efforts by enjoying two barbecues.There was also a bouncy castle, face-painting and a piñata for the children.
Shaziya’s family and friends received such a fantastic response from the community that they are considering making it an annual event.They thanked all of the donors, sponsors and organisers, particularly Sarah Gleave, Shaziya’s best friend, who orchestrated the whole day.
Residents can still donate on Justgiving and can find the page by typing“Shaziya”into the search bar.
The next fundraising event is a Skerryvore concert in Buchlyvie Village Hall on December 10. Two drunk peace campers who called police officers murderers and rapists have been given a chance to be of good behaviour.
Ashley Kerton and Kiyryn Van Evelingen admitted behaving aggressively and shouting abuse at the officers, who were trying to stop them jumping in front of moving traffic on Gareloch Road, Rhu, on April 4.
The pair, both of Faslane Peace Camp, also pled guilty to breaching the peace by kicking road signs, throwing items around and repeatedly jumping in front of moving cars, forcing them to take evasive action to avoid hitting them.
The court heard that Kerton, 21, and 19-year-old Evelingen, now of Cheltenham Road, Gloucester, were heavily under the influence of alcohol when officers approached them on the A814.
They then launched a vile verbal attack at the officers, calling them murderers, rapists and “Nazi b******s”.
Depute fiscal Janette McLean told the court: “Officers saw the two accused on the road and cars were having to swerve to avoid striking them. They appeared to be drunk.
“As the police approached they noticed Mr Kerton had a three litre bottle of cider. He told the police to ‘f**k off ’ and he then threw the bottle of cider into the trees.
“They continued to shout at police, calling them murderers and rapists, and shouted ‘Get away from us. You don’t know what your dealing with. We’re already dead.’
“Both were heavily under the influence of alcohol and said ‘you are public servants, this is illegal. You are all Nazi b******s.’”
Defending Kerton, Jonathan Paul said: “He is 21 years old and he accepts that his behaviour was unacceptable. He is genuinely regretful about his actions.
“He comes from quite a troubled background.
“He plans to return down South and there is an opportunity for him to take on a job at a charity which helped him when he was younger.”
Giving them both a chance to be of good behaviour, Sheriff William Gallacher deferred sentencing.
He said: “You have a past record, Mr Kerton. I have driven down that road and the thought of someone purposely jumping in front of cars and potentially traumatising a person for life if they had hit you is quite shocking.
“I think you may have talents that will be of good benefits to other people as well as yourself if you choose to conduct yourself in the right manner.”
He told Evelingen: “You do not have a previous record and I will give you one chance to be of good behaviour.”
Sentencing for Kerton was deferred until August 18 and Evelingen will appear in court again on November 24.
Team effort Cyclists gather in memory of Balloch mum Shaziya