College cyclists pedal to Paris

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Congratulations to a team of staff and students from Dumfries and Galloway College who cycled 151 miles over three days to raise money for a number of local charities.

The team of 17, from both Dumfries and Stranraer campuses, left Dumfries on Friday, September 7, enthusiastic and apprehensive about their journey ahead cycling from Calais to Paris. After a long journey they arrived at the French port ready to tackle the marathon ride.

The money raised will be donated to the individuals’ chosen charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and South West Scotland RnR.

The staff and students from Stranraer Campus were all raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Margaret Lock, hairdressing lecturer, said: “The ride was fairly challenging due to the chosen route and the very hot temperatures. The students had to raise the funds to participate in this event and to date have raised more than £2000 for the Macmillan charity.”

This was a first time visit to Paris for the students and both found the experience to be challenging and rewarding. John Chalmers, a higher hairdressing student, said: “I would never have had the opportunity to be part of an experience like this if it had not been for the college. It has made me realise the opportunity that participating in further education has given me. I am hoping now to raise the funds to visit Nepal at Easter to help to install running water and toilets in a local school.