Victory for Violet

The cyclists at Wigtown before they set off.
The cyclists at Wigtown before they set off.

Despite the drizzle last Saturday, walkers, cyclists and volunteers turn out to support a sponsored event in Wigtown to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.

Organised by Anne Heron from Wigtown whose mum, Violet, suffered from the illness, 14 cyclists took to the saddle to cycle 16.5 miles from Wigtown to Carty, Mochrum Park and returning to Wigtown, whilst five walkers strode 10 miles from Wigtown to Carty and back.

Anne said: “Alzheimers was the only battle my mum didn’t win. I wanted to do something in memory of my mum, to pay tribute to her and to do something positive to help others who suffer from dementia. My mum loved attending Ashgrove Court in Newton Stewart once a week, a facility put in place by Alzheimer Scotland for those living with the illness, and she’d have been happy to know that’s where the money we’ve raised will go.

“I am overwhelmed with all the support I have received. I can’t offer a big enough thank you to those who took part, who volunteered and helped, to everyone who has given so generously and to Shona Sneddon from Alzheimer Scotland for all her encouragement and support.”

The team unanimously agreed that despite the rain and the odd blister, they really had achieved Victory for Violet.

Funds are still coming in and the final total raised will be announced in a few weeks time, when a cheque presentation will take place with representatives from Alzheimer Scotland’s local branch in Stranraer.