Shirley completes charity cycle

A DUNS woman who cycled the Outer Hebrides for charity has raised more than £1,500 for the Berwickshire Church Youth Trust.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:23 am

Not previously a keen cycler, Shirley McColm completed the epic journey over three days in May, covering 140 miles.

"I wasn't a keen cyclist before but I am now," Shirley admitted. "I hadn't been on my bike for years and a friend of mine said do you fancy doing it.

"Before I knew where I was I'd said yes!"

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And despite cycling through mixed conditions, Shirley said she had a great time taking on the challenge. "It started off fine but then we faced a cold wind, then snow, rain, sleet, we had it all!

"I really enjoyed it though, it was good for me as a person but also a good way to raise some money."

Although she raised an impressive final total of 1,545 for the Berwickshire Church Youth Trust (BCYT), Shirley said she had originally set herself a 500 target.

She explained: "I'm a Christian, and I think they do a lot of good work in the community and in the schools in the area.

"I had set myself a target of 500 so when it got to almost 1,000 I was so shocked. I'm completely overwhelmed at how much money I have raised and how generous people have been."