Kathleen heads north to raise money for Shelter

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A LOCAL mum of three embarked on a mammoth charity cycle ride from Dundee to Thurso yesterday (Thursday) in aid of Shelter Scotland.

Kathleen Haden (43), from Letham, is in the process of cycling a gruelling 360 miles in just 10 days to raise money for the housing and homelessness charity.

She set off from Broughty Ferry Castle and hopes her preparations will pay off and that she will reach her destination at the ‘top’ of the country safely, as well as her fund-raising target of £2,000 for the charity.

Kathleen commented: “I have never done anything like this before so it will be a mammoth challenge. I just keep reminding myself about why I’m doing it.

“I expect I’ll have moments where, faced with a hill that never seems to have a top, I’ll catch myself wondering why I decided to do this. I’ll keep reminding myself of my comfortable, cosy home, which is a place I can call my own and live in with total peace of mind. I never take that for granted and want to help others find the same peace and security.

“Shelter Scotland helps thousands of families to do just that and I’m honoured to be cycling for them.”

Even with such willpower, Kathleen says she is daunted by the 360-mile trip.

She continued: “It’s a tough route and I know it won’t be easy. My main concern is getting knocked off my bike and not being able to finish.

“For now I’m thinking of it as a 10-day holiday with a ‘jaunt’ on my bike each day. Providing there are no hurricane force winds for me to battle, horizontal rain battering against my face, punctures, close shaves with traffic or general grumpiness on my part, I think I’ll be ok.”

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are very grateful to Kathleen for choosing to raise valuable funds for Shelter Scotland.

“Support and generosity like hers enables us to offer vital services to those experiencing homelessness and housing problems. We wish her all the best for the journey and hope she has a safe trip to Thurso.”

Kathleen has raised £798 so far and hopes to reach £2,000 by the time she reaches Thurso. Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KathleenHaden