Long-distance effort raises £12,666

Long distance fundraisers Brian Dickson (left) and Norman Cunningham,
Long distance fundraisers Brian Dickson (left) and Norman Cunningham,

Workers from the St. Fergus Gas Terminal have put their endurance to the test with two long-distance fundraising journeys, raising a staggering £12,666 for charity.

Brian Dickson and Allan Morrice tackled a 600-mile bike journey to the Outer Hebrides, while Norman Cunningham endured a two-day, 48-mile mountain marathon - The Highlander at Cannich.

Brian (50), from Inverallochy and Allan (57) from New Aberdour, made £6,400 which goes to the ‘Friends of Anchor’ for care of cancer patients in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Norman (35) from Ellon, who completed the course with friend Ryan Gordon, also 35 from Stonehaven, raised £6,266 for In Your Hands, which is funding the rebuilding of a Nepalese school destroyed in an earthquake.

The gas terminal operator and employer of three of the adventuers - although Allan has subsequently retired - the px group, donated £6,000 towards the cause through its give as you earn scheme.

Brian and Allan loaded their panniers and cycled off from Aberdour to take the scenic route to Oban, from where they caught the ferry to Barra.

They then hopped on to Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis, reaching the most northerly point of Port Ness.

Brian said: “The highlights of the journey were the coast road up to Tarbert, with the huge white sandy beachers, bright blue water and mountains the the background.

“We stayed there for a couple of nights and the cooked breakfasts and pub suppers were a real treat after all the cereal bars and dehydrated camping food.”

Unfortunately, towards the end of the trip a knee inury forced him to retire but Allan completed the last 150 miles from Ullapool alone.

He said: “The trip really was a great experience and we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who generously donated, including px.”

Norman Cunningham has long enjoyed outdoor endurance sports but even he and fellow runner Ryan were rather nervous when they discovered The Highlander course - in the mountains around Cannich - would include more than 11,000 feet of climbing.

He said: “The reason for taking on this challenge was to support my daughter’s school, which is fundraising to rebuild Sidhartha Ptimary School in Nepal. It was sadly destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 2015.

“The combined generosity of the St. Fergus workforce and px will allow this to happen,” he added.