Moray’s MSP has been given a morale boost as he prepares to participate in a “gruelling” fitness challenge.
Richard Lochhead was presented with a special cycling top as a thank you after raising more money for MacMillan Cancer Support than anyone else during last year’s 66-mile Loch Ness Etape event.
The politician managed to amass £8,500 for the organisation, and was commended for his efforts by charity bosses yesterday in Elgin.
He plans to wear the green and white top with pride when he tackles the formidable route again later this month.
The 47-year-old added: “I was very lucky that so many people generously donated their money last year.
“I’m at that stage in life where I want to stay fit, and raising money for worthy causes at the same time is a good combination.
“It’s a gruelling challenge, but the scenery around Loch Ness is magnificent and I was proud of completing the course last time.
“The cycle is nothing compared to what people who have experienced cancer have to go through.”
The treasurer of the Elgin and District branch of MacMillan Cancer Support, Margaret Anderson, praised everyone embarking on the challenge in its honour.
She added: “There aren’t many families who haven’t been affected by cancer and funds are always needed.
“The money can go towards nurses, paying for heating for people who can’t leave their homes, necessary adaptations to people’s houses and so much more.”
The Etape Loch Ness will take place on Sunday, April 23.
Mr Lochhead is receiving donations for this year’s event at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Lochhead2017