Charity group does it again

Noreen Davies Hikers and Bikers annual charity cheque presentation
Noreen Davies Hikers and Bikers annual charity cheque presentation

A fundraising group made up of members from the Bellshill and Motherwell areas has handed over its latest charity donation of over £24,000.

The Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers presented donations to various worthy causes at their annual night in Burnhead Bowling Club, Viewpark.

And their latest contributions brought the total raised by the group over the past 26 years to a remarkable £293,325.

The group was set up in 1988 by Noreen Davies, from Baillieston, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Noreen died in 1992 at the age of 34 but the group’s fundraising has continued under Noreen’s cousin Claire Peattie, from Carfin.

Each year the group enjoyes a traditional day out on the first Saturday in June when they walk, or cycle, round the isle of Cumbrae and this years five busloads from Bellshill, one from Uddingston and one from Baillieston headed ‘doon the watter’.

A variety of charities and worthy causes have been helped over the years and this year’s donations were handed over as follows - Marie Curie Hunters Hill, £3,500; Children Hospice Association Scotland, £2,500; St Andrew’s Hospice, £2,500; Mary’s Meals, £2,500; Beatson Oncology, £1,000; Maggie’s Centre, Wishaw, £1,000; Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, £500; other smaller charities, £1,825.

Frances Swinburne collected a cheque on behalf of Marie Curie Huntershill, Samantha Reilly collected on behalf of CHAS, Tommy Anderson collected for St Andrew’s Hospice and Fr Jim Morris accepted on behalf of Mary’s Meals.

Group organiser Claire said: “Approximately 300 people joined us this year and yet again it was a successful day out.

“The theme for the day was all things tartan and Scottish and a great time was had by all. We had a young piper pipe everyone onto the buses.”

Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers “Battle of the Buses” trophy went to Claire’s Bus, the “Best of the Rest” Trophy went to Betty’s/Cathy’s Bus and the May McGuinness Top Fundraiser trophy went to Ann Hill from Betty’s/Cathy’s bus.

Claire added: “We would like to thank all the Hikers & Bikers who attended Millport. Also thanks to bus companies who ferried everyone there, Burnhead Bowling Club, Viewpark, special thanks to Jim Agnew who provided the music and thanks to everyone who attended the charity night, the guests and all the great donations received.”

As a one-off event this year Classrooms for Malawi will receive £8,000 plus other monies raised by the middle of next year from Hikers & Bikers to build a three classroom block in Blantyre, Malawi.