Scottish Charity, The Jo Walters Trust, has paid for the mountain bike wheels and groupset for Commonwealth hopeful and Outer Hebrides local, Kerry MacPhee.
The Jo Walters Trust, set up in memory of Joanna Walters from Aberdeenshire, who was killed in a cycling accident in 2010 aged 28, is donating £2,000 to pay for the specialist wheels and groupset (gears, brakes etc) for Kerry MacPhee’s mountain bike. Kerry MacPhee is the 1st ever female participant from the Outer Hebrides to take part in the Commonwealth Games. She has been included in the Team Scotland Cycling Team to compete in the Mountain Bike events.
Kerry McPhee is from the Isle of South Uist, where Joanna Walters went on holiday nearly every year of her life, particularly enjoying the wonderful landscape, beaches and seafood, as well as learning to sail in a family dinghy. When Jo died, the trustees of Jo Walters Trust were keen to provide a grant that would reflect the happy times she had spent on South Uist, and were thrilled when the opportunity to support Kerry MacPhee arose.
Lucy Johnston, chairman of the Jo Walters Trust, said: “My sister Jo, in whose memory the Jo Walters Trust was set up, was passionate about South Uist, and along with the rest of her family, treasured every day spent there. She was also an enthusiastic cyclist, and we feel that it is wonderfully fitting that we are able to support Kerry to compete in the Commonwealth Games.”
Speaking about the sponsorship from the Jo Walters Trust, Kerry MacPhee, said: “Cycling at such a high level means that every little detail, including equipment, needs to be of the highest spec possible to aid performance, and I was delighted that the Jo Walters Trust felt they could help me, particularly with the games round the corner.
“Not only has the equipment upgrade made a massive difference to my bike, I am also delighted to be able to represent such a worthwhile charity that supports numerous organisations and groups. When I first read about Jo Walters, I recognised my own tenacity in her, and the fact that there are connections to my home island of South Uist make this partnership all the more personal and special.”