A Carnoustie patron of a leading charity has set off on a gruelling cycle challenge 7,000 miles away to help end of life care for the terminally ill.
Petra McMillan is one of 50 men and women from throughout the UK cycling 500 kilometres in five days from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care from Sunday until next Thursday.
Before she left, Petra returned on Monday to For Carnoustie, the local charity shop which, in June, donated £1,000 towards her £2,950 target, to thank the team who made her ambition possible.
Petra explained: “Thanks to the generosity of For Carnoustie, I was able to sign up for this challenge which then led to me bringing three more friends on board.
“Without that initial burst of confidence from For Carnoustie, I might have struggled to reach my target.
“I want people who donate to For Carnoustie or to Marie Curie Cancer Care to know that their money is well spent and much appreciated by families in this area.”
Petra has already surpassed her target by more than £600 and her friends Brenda Hally of Monifieth and Jenni Samson and Josie Johnston, both of Broughty Ferry look set to follow suit.
The four friends, who train together at David Lloyd Leisure, have spent the past eight months fund-raising and training for the ride of their lives.
They will have to contend with up to 10-hour days in the saddle, covering up to 110km per day in 30 degree heat.
Petra added: “All our sweat and tears will be worth it if it means more families at home have the comfort of one of our wonderful nurses when they need it most.”
Anyone wanting to support Petra and her team can visit www.justgiving.com/MarieCurieTeam