Blue light workers got on their bikes to raise almost £30,000

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A number of groups and charity organisations in the Western Isles are to reap the benefits as a result of a charity cycle from Barra to the Butt of Lewis, organised by emergency service workers.

The event, which was organised by Police, featured a number of officers and other emergency service workers. They all put their pedal to the metal to raise an incredible £28,500.

Donations will now benefit Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association (£2000), Hebridean Search and Rescue (£750) and £26,000 will go to Macmillan nurses.

The officers that took part included: PC Shona Macdonald, PC John Graham, PC Scott Christie, PC Norman Campbell, PC Scott Macdonald, Chief Inspector Gordon Macleod, Inspector Robbie Macdonald, Sergeant Jane Nicolson, PC Donald Sinclair and Sergeant George Murray.

A number of nurses, ambulance and coastguard staff together with other members of the local community also took part in what proved to be a tremendous event.

The group are planning a similar event next year along with a number of other money raising ideas.

Sergeant George Murray, who took part in this year’s cycle, said: “We’re planning the same next year, again for Macmillan and already have 60 cyclists signed up.

“Significantly 70% of this year’s cyclists want to repeat the experience.”

He added: “We are anxious to raise as much as possible for this most excellent cause and are hoping next year we can raise even more money.”

This year £2500 was raised at auction and some of the items included gifts of football strips, a Blackberry phone and Blackberry tablet, as well as many other items which were kindly donated.

Sergeant Murray said: “We would like to thank all the companies and individuals who donated gifts this year which we were able to auction and raise lots of money.”

If you would like to know how you can help you can contact Sergeant George Murray at Stornoway Police Station.