Orkney residents have been invited to support two endurance athletes who will test their stamina in Kirkwall to raise money for a leading cancer support charity.
William Sichel will run and Marty Flett will cycle for twelve hours at the Pickaquoy Sport Centre on Saturday, October 21 during a family fun day to raise money for CLAN Cancer Support.
The event will start at 6am and organisers have offered residents the opportunity to run or cycle alongside the athletes for an hour in return for a donation. They hope to have people supporting them for each hour of the twelve-hour challenge.
A family fun day, with charity stalls, activities, games and music will also be held at the sport centre for those who come to support the athletes.
Karen Scott, CLAN's Cancer Support Services Area Manger, has worked with colleagues to organise the event and is expecting a lot of interest from the local community.
She said: “We were delighted when William and Marty approached us, again, with the idea of an endurance based fundraising event. They have been in training for some time and are looking forward to hitting the track this week.
“We have offered people the chance to run or cycle alongside them for an hour in exchange for a donation and hope to have someone involved for each of the 12 hours that they are in action.”
Marty Flett, an Ambassador for CLAN Cancer Support, said “We want to encourage folk to join us as part of their own fitness challenge. It may be the beginning of their own keep fit routine or they may be regulars at the sports centre. The event is about having a healthy fitness regime and of course raising some money for a charity I hugely support.
“There will also be family fun day stalls, activities, games and music for people who come along and we are expecting a strong turnout on the day.”
CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.
Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.
For further information about CLAN Cancer Support, please call (01224) 647 000 or visit: www.clanhouse.org