On their bikes for charity

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Two sisters have come up with a fundraising cycle with a twist to raise money for the Stroke Association and increase awareness of stroke.

Shirley Paterson and Kirsty MacGowan will cycle 520km in four days, stopping off at places along the way which spell out the word STROKE.

The pair will leave Stranraer on August 1 and stop at Thornhill, Rosyth, Oldmeldrum and Keith, before ending at Elgin on August 4.

Shirley and Kirsty have taken on various fundraising events over the past couple of years for the Stroke Association in memory of their mother, Molly, who died suddenly of a stroke in 2008, but this will be their most challenging yet.

Shirley said: “We wanted to come up with something different and have been planning the route for months. It seemed a great idea until I plotted the route on a map and we’ve had a bit of a logistical nightmare fitting in places in a logistical sequence that’s doable. There is a severe shortage of towns in Scotland beginning with ‘R’ and ‘O’!”

To date they have raised £5000 for the charity and hope to raise £20,000 over the next couple of years.

Shirley and Kirsty can be sponsored at http://stroke.tributefunds.com/fund/MOLLY+MACGOWAN/showFund

More information about stroke is available by visiting www.stroke.org.uk,