Petrol head speeds to Scots cir­cuit to raise An­chor cash

Char­ity: Gran­ite City di­rec­tor col­lects thou­sands of pounds at race day

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY ELISE KENNEDY

A north-east man has put his love of clas­sic cars to good use to raise thou­sands for a lo­cal can­cer char­ity.

Graham Ret­tie first raised £10,000 for Friends of An­chor in 2011 by or­gan­is­ing a 100-mile night drive with 40 other MG en­thu­si­asts.

But now he has boosted his tally with another £6,000 af­ter show­cas­ing his beloved 1973 MGB Road­ster at the 50th an­niver­sary and re­in­state­ment of the his­toric Inglis­ton

“See­ing a loved one fight this ter­ri­ble dis­ease”

Cir­cuit in large crowd of

Mr Ret­tie, cor­po­rate di­rec­tor at Lom­bard in Aberdeen, said he had cho­sen the char­ity as it was a cause close to his heart.

“I use my pas­sion for vintage cars to fundraise for Friends of An­chor as my mum died of can­cer – so I know what's in­volved in see­ing a loved one fight this ter­ri­ble dis­ease,” he said.

“Given the cur­rent cli­mate of the com­mer­cial sec­tor in Aberdeen, I think it's im­por­tant, now more than ever, that we con­tinue front of a car fa­nat­ics. to cham­pion the cause of lo­cal char­i­ties such as Friends of An­chor when­ever we can.”

The 60-year-old bought the vintage road­ster in 2013. He spent months restor­ing it so it could be show­cased at the Inglis­ton Re­vival.

The week­end gave car clubs and own­ers the chance to try out the re­vamped track, cel­e­brat­ing the first time in more than 20 years that a public mo­tor­ing event had been held at Scot­land's orig­i­nal cir­cuit. The MGB road­ster was made in Abing­don, Eng­land, and was the first of the MGB range to be pro­duced.

Funds raised through Mr Ret­tie’s events will be used by Friends of An­chor to of­fer ad­di­tional care, com­fort and sup­port to can­cer suf­fer­ers, and for re­search projects in Aberdeen.

Rachel Mid­g­ley, PR and fundrais­ing ex­ec­u­tive for Friends of An­chor, said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled to have Graham’s fan­tas­tic sup­port. He’s turned his pas­sion for vintage cars into a unique fundrais­ing idea.

“Not

only

has

Graham raised cru­cial funds for Friends of An­chor but his ef­forts are help­ing to raise valu­able aware­ness of the char­ity and the work we do for north-east can­cer pa­tients. We’d like to thank ev­ery­one who has gen­er­ously do­nated to this tremen­dous to­tal.”

PROUD OWNER: Graham Ret­tie took his MGB to the Inglis­ton Re­vival to raise char­ity funds. Pho­to­graph: Kami Thom­son

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