More than 200 cyclists descended on the Deeside town of Ballater recently for the annual Kayleigh’s Wee Stars charity cycle.
Kayleigh’s Wee Stars is a local charity established in Oldmeldrum by Jonathan and Anna Cordiner following a terribly sad family tragedy.
In December 2011, their beautiful 20 month-old daughter Kayleigh was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour (ATRT) and sadly passed away in June 2012. Both teachers, Jonathan and Anna were able to take time off work and decided to make every day count.
They made it their mission to make Kayleigh’s last few months the most special time of their lives, packed full of adventures and memories they would cherish forever.
They became acutely aware that not all parents would have the opportunity to take time off to spend with their child, or have the network of support that they had.
Jonathan and Anna felt that not only did they want to do something to help others, they wanted their special girl to have made a difference and founded the Kayleigh’s Wee Stars charity.
At the event, those taking part were given the option of three routes depending on how much of a challenge was required. There was a 25-mile, a 60-mile and an arduous 100-mile route with more than 7,500ft of climbing over the iconic Cairn O’Mount climb.
A local group of Ythan Cycling Club riders took it upon themselves to do the 100-mile route and raise as much money as they could for the charity. Led by Mark Straker, a project manager for Robertson (the infrastructure, construction and support services group), the riders managed to raised the staggering amount of £4,437 so far through friends, colleagues and local subcontractors of Robertson.
Meanwhile, a justgiving page in aid of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars remains open for anyone wishing to contribute to the total. This can be found at: http://www.justgiving.com/Mark.Straker