THREE Machars lads set off on a mammoth journey this week to raise cash for the cardiac unit of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Gary and Michael Chadband along with Joseph Clayton took to their bikes bound for the hospital, starting off at Dashwood Square in Newton Stewart on Wednesday morning.
The lads were inspired after considering Gary’s remarkable recovery from open-heart surgery as a child at the hospital. Doctors had described the condition as “not compatible with life.”
However, Gary pulled through the far from straight forward operation and managed to grow into a 6ft 3in, healthy 17-year old.
This year, Gary’s ongoing care which has included regular check-ups by the hospital’s cardiac team will pass over to an adult unit in Scotland, and Gary wanted to do something to show his appreciation for the care he’s received over the years.
Gary’s brother, Michael, and their good pal Joseph have never undertaken a long-distance ride before - Michael only bought a bike two months ago! So the challenge they face is immense.
The journey should take 10 days at 50 miles a day, as recommended by Gary’s doctor.
If you’d like to help the boys out, donations can be made at Solway Books in Kirkcudbright.