Husband and wife raise £4500 for hospices

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A HUSBAND and wife team who manage the Clydesdale Banks in Ellon and Inverurie have been rewarded for their voluntary work raising money for Roxburghe House Hospice.

Colin Spence, who manages the bank in Ellon, and Alicia Murray, who manages the Alford and Aboyne branches, were selected for the Hospice Stars award after a sponsored cycle which saw them travel 250 miles in four days, visiting 15 Clydesdale Bank branches in the north-east.

The couple had originally aimed to raise £1000, however they surpassed this significantly before the bank they both work for promised a contribution, bringing the total to £4500. The money will be donated to Help the Hospices, who support hospice facilities throughout Britain.

Ellon manager Colin said: “Being nominated a Hospice Star really is the icing on the cake of our charity bike ride. It’s very humbling to be recognised for our effort, but to be honest we thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn’t have raised so much without the support of our colleagues at the Bank.

“Being keen cyclists we had cycled most of Scotland but never the north-east. We decided to set ourselves a bit of a challenge and cycle our local area. You just don’t realise the magnificent scenery you have on your own doorstep!”

Steve Ballantyne of Help the Hospices said: “Hospice care is given free of charge to patients and their friends and families – but it is not free to provide. It is only thanks to the Hospice Stars in local communities all over the UK that the hospices are able to provide the very best care.”