1 June 2015
Eileen and Lorna
A young Edinburgh woman took on a challenging 40-mile-cycle ride from the Capital to Melrose in memory of her late mother.
Lorna Bowry’s event, dubbed the Life Cycle, began at the site of the Old Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital, where her mum Eileen was born, and will end at Borders General Hospital, just outside Melrose, where she died in March 2008.
Lorna, 25, a Volunteer Coordinator at the charity Fresh Start, was 17 when her mum was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The date of the cycle on May 26th coincides with what would have been Eileen’s 55th birthday and will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lorna said: 'Mum received a great deal of support from Macmillan and I know they made a huge difference to her peace of mind at a really difficult time. As well as lots of practical advice, the local team were great at offering emotional support too. They always had time to have a cup of tea with her and spend time talking things through.'
With a 10km run and various coffee mornings already under her belt, Lorna’s latest challenge will be her most testing yet.
She added, 'I don’t enjoy cycling but that will help me get more donations! It’s important to me to support Macmillan in any way I can after the help and support they offered me and my family.'
Macmillan’s Edinburgh Fundraising Manager, Jayne Forbes, said: 'We are very grateful to Lorna and everyone who supports her. She’s already raised a fantastic amount of money which will help us make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. We help people in many ways, from specialist nurses and doctors, to help and advice for people who have financial worries as a result of their cancer diagnosis, none of which would be possible without the support of people in Edinburgh.'
'Lorna has raised funds for us by setting up a Macmillan Tribute Fund on our website where supporters can create their own page to remember and celebrate the life of someone special. It also helps keep track of the fantastic difference they’re making to other people affected by cancer.'
If you would like to support Lorna, please visit her Tribute Fund: www.macmillan.tributefunds.com/eileenbowry
To set up your own page visit: www.macmillan.tributefunds.com