Friends get on their bikes to help Claire

Kelly Rodger (right) and Claire Brown.
Kelly Rodger (right) and Claire Brown.

A group of Midlothian pals recently got on their bikes to raise money for their friend after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The friends have raised £7,500 for Claire Brown by organising fundraising events including a charity cycle from Gorebridge to Falkirk and back.

Kelly Rodger (39), a carer in the community, was joined on the 86 mile cycle by Steven Farmer, Steven Gillen and John Clark. She said: “I did it because my friend Claire found out she had cancer. They thought they had got it all, then half way through she got the news that the cancer had spread and the she would never get rid of it.

“So I just decided to try and help out by raising money to help her. She is like most folk, just living week to week. So she didn’t have any savings.

“I have known Claire since I was 13. We have grown up together. She stayed in Gorebridge and I stayed in Newtongrange but I spent a lot of time up there.”

Kelly admitted that any pain she suffered on the cycle was insignificant compared to what her friend is going through. She said: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Although the weather wasn’t great, quite blustery.

“The last four miles getting to Falkirk was a push. I was just knackered! We left at six in the morning and didn’t get back until 8.30 at night. We did stop a lot, but cycled for about nine hours.

“I’m not a massive cyclist. It had been a long time since I was on a bike. I actually had to borrow a bike for this. But I think I will buy one now.

“We just hope to raise as much money as we can.

“It’s a difficult situation. Life is so precious. But Claire is really positive, always smiling and laughing. It’s quite humbling actually. I’ve been moaning about having a sore bum from sitting on a bike and she is going through this.”

Claire said: “A huge thank you to everyone who donated, you are all amazing and I totally appreciate it.”

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