An NHS Grampian consultant has raised over £2000 after completing a 700-mile cycle around the UK.
Sexual health consultant and clinical director for eHealth, Dr Steve Baguley pedalled from Pitmedden to Surrey to raise funds for antimalarial bed nets.
Steve raised over twice what he had originally hoped with his total currently standing at £2030 which is enough to protect four villages from malaria for three years.
Steve set off from Pitmedden school after giving a short talk to the pupils about malaria prevention and cycling safety.
Steve said: “I rode through blazing heat in Yorkshire and torrential rain in the east midlands and the outskirts of London, eventually arriving in West Byfleet, Surrey after 8 days and 694 miles. I cycled to Heathrow, packed my bike in a mattress bag, kindly donated by Benson’s beds, flew back to Aberdeen, then returned to Pitmedden by bike of course!”
Throughout the trip Steve saved on accommodation costs staying with friends and people he knew, allowing him to maximise his donations.
An old friend, Gus Vincent - an intensive care doctor in Newcastle - joined him until they reached the borders and paediatrician, Sarah Steel from Edinburgh and IT specialist, Alastair Bishop from Glasgow also took part for one day.
Steve completed the event on a bike purchased for £70 from a local auction
He added: “You don’t need a fancy bike to go cycle touring – just make sure you’ve an oiled chain and firm tyres. And you don’t need to be very fit. After all, there’s no rush – it’s not the Tour de France.”
Donations are still accepted by visiting: Againstmalaria.com/aberdeenlondon2014.