Sheila saddles up for a worthy cause

Sheila found a touch of Scotland when cycling in Hong Kong
Sheila found a touch of Scotland when cycling in Hong Kong

A Kirkcudbright-born woman will join TV presenter Fern Britton to tackle a gruelling challenge for charity next month.

Sheila Murray, 63, comes all the way from her current home in Hong Kong to join the star’s latest cycling challenge, helping raise funds for Genesis Research Trust’s research into the prevention of miscarriage in pregnancy.

Sheila, Fern and team will be cycling 57 miles a day from John O’Groats to Land’s End from 1-21 May. The team is hoping to raise at least £57,000. So far, over 70 men and women have signed up to join in and 24 of those will be cycling the whole route.

Sheila said: “Joining Fern on this epic adventure will be the experience of a lifetime. It will be a great physical challenge, but raising funds for Genesis Research Trust is something close to my heart.”

Sheila is hoping to raise £570.

One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and between one and two per cent of couples in the UK may suffer more than once, which can lead to severe psychological stress.

To sign up to this challenge or to donate, please visit