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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”
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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.
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