Fundraising & Support
Recent Events and News
There are several fundraising events happening in the near future:
Fenella Petrie and Kate Hosford have generously donated their time and talent to design 5 Christmas Cards for us. Please see menu on the right for more information and how to order.
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Recent Highlights include:
Greig and Fiona Duncan organised a fantastic Halloween Dance in Kirkliston raising over £600.
Andrew and Robby’s Highland Cycle has raised over £6,000 to date. For more information, please see menu on the right.
To make a donation to the Maddy Steel Charitable Trust: please click on the button below
or send a cheque made payable to:
The Madeleine Steel Charitable Trust
c/o Judith Steel, 89 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HH
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Further Fundraising & Support Information
Running the Edinburgh Marathon
Cameron Ford is running the Edinburgh marathon on 29th May 2016 and is raising funds for the Madeleine Steel Charitable Trust. We wish him all the best for the big day.
If you would like to support Cameron’s wonderful efforts, here is his Fundraising Page
Judith continues to be very busy producing her wonderful cakes. Here are a selection of these beautiful and delicious culinary creations.
The Highland Cycle – The Blog
If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Justgiving site:
Day 1 – And They Are Off!
From Kinveachy via Cairngorm and Nevis Range Ski Centres to Fort William. 92 miles, 1 climb (400m)
Left cottage at 9:30am. Wet roads after overnight rainstorms, but no rain and pleasant temperatures. Headed off on backroads via Boat of Garten and Coylumbridge onto the ski road, past Loch Morlich and up to the Cairngorm ski resort, arriving in the car park by 10:45. Stopped for photos and work calls, then headed down to Feshiebridge. Robby achieved fastest speed of the day – 49mph, though wet roads made the descent a wee bit adventurous. Via Insh towards Kingussie. First puncture at 38 miles (Andrew’s front wheel), crash avoided, roadside change and on to Newtonmore for lunch at highland Folk Museum café at 12:45. Then 50 mile ride beside Loch Laggan via Spean Bridge (HQ of WWII Commandos) to Nevis Range ski area on the side of Ben Nevis. After 90 miles, the short climb up to the resort tested the legs. Arrived 4:30pm. Damp and foggy as we reached the west coast. Then on to Fort William and overnight at a b&b overlooking Loch Fynne.
Big dinner, warm shower and bed. All set for ride south to Killin via Glencoe tomorrow.
Day 2 – Still going strong!
From Fort William via Glencoe White Corries Ski Centre to Killin, 67 miles, 2 climbs (350m + 100m)
Great day started in a misty, grey Fort William where we rather gingerly placed bums onto saddles. Forgot about discomfort after a mile or two as Robby hared out of the blocks. Soon found ourselves in the stunning scenery around Ballachulish where Loch Linnhe meets Loch Leven. Took a few photos on the bridge looking east to Glencoe then set off through that amazing glen. Hard yards on the long climb to White Corries where the ski resort sits. Inevitably, it was cold and raining as we slogged up the climb, but we arrived cheerful enough. At Glencoe we met a charming fellow who was touring the Highlands in his camper van, bagging Munros. He donated to the Maddy Fund in a gesture of such spontaneous generosity that we were buoyed for the rest of the day.
Left Glencoe and raced across the bleak Rannoch Moor to Bridge of Orchy, where we stopped for lunch and met a number of hardy souls hiking north on the second half of the West Highland Way. Post lunch, we sped alongside the railway where the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express is filmed and climbed into Tyndrum before diving down to Crianlarich and on towards Killin at the head of Loch Tay.
The scenery on day 2 had surpassed even the wonders of day 1, but the roads on the west coast are far more bruising on the backside. Even our support driver thought the track was bumpy and our bikes rattled over ridges, compressions and minor potholes most of the way. Ten miles from Killin, we were surging happily through the sunshine when Andrew endured the mechanical problem of the day – this time ripping the cleat from his shoe, narrowly avoiding a calamitous crash. We spent 20 minutes scouring the roadside for the missing cleat (without which there is no means of attaching shoe to pedal) only to find it still locked in the pedal. The last ten miles were spent a little gingerly, with Andrew taking periodic major wobbles as his foot came off the pedal, but we arrived in Killin in good time, found a local hardware store with approximately the screws we needed and undertook the necessary repairs. Should be all fine tomorrow.
A beautiful evening involved a gorgeous leg-stretching stroll around the western edge of Loch Tay and then a hearty dinner. Tomorrow is a far more brutal trip to Braemar via Pitlochry and Glenshee – some tough climbs ahead, but the weather looks to be good. Legs feel fine tonight.
Day 3 – The going gets tough!
from Killin via Glenshee Ski Centre to Braemar, 77 miles, 2 climbs (250m + 350m)
Beautiful weather for the toughest day of the tour. Lovely start along the south bank of Loch Tay. However, the B roads in this part of the world follow the contours of the land, so are incessantly undulating, which made for hard yards early on this morning.
Passed through the beautiful village of Kenmore and then headed across a relatively flat stretch to Pitlochry. Main hazards were the hundreds of pheasants that waited until we were within a few feet before taking off loudly and narrowly avoiding a scene that would have been equally messy for pheasant and cyclist.
Hard climbing out of Pitlochry to Kirkmichael where we stopped for a classic Highland lunch – selecting our tin of soup from the shelves to be heated up.
Refuelled, we launched up towards the Spittal of Glenshee, where a fierce and bitterly cold wind embraced us. The nine mile climb from there to Cairntoul mountain was suitably brutal, particularly with sixty miles in our legs by the time we reached that point. We missed David McCall, James Spratt and Duncan Martin, three friends who share the appropriate degree of masochism to think this is fun!
It was cold up at Glenshee, so we raced down to Braemar with relief.
Ready for tomorrow’s climb over the Cairngorms, which takes in the famous A939 from Cockbridge to Tomintoul – Britain’s steepest road.
Day 4 – Mission Accomplished
from Braemar via The Lecht Ski Centre to Kinveachy , 52 miles, 2 climbs (200m + 300m)
Sub zero temperatures in Braemar this morning. Four layers of clothing required. Rode a gorgeous 10 miles alongside the Dee to Balmoral, then turned onto the 23 mile road to Tomintoul. This goes up and over the Cairngorms to the Lecht. A beautiful ride across stunning terrain with a series of sharp climbs. One of these had a 20% incline, but none had the relentless ferocity of the previous day’s ascent to Glenshee.
We arrived cheerfully at the fifth ski resort of our tour and then relished the descent, reaching 55mph – pretty exhilarating on wheels less than an inch wide.
Through Tomintoul, the highest village in the UK, then 25 miles more to Granton, Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten and our cottage.
A wonderful adventure. 290 miles across the most attractive terrain in the country. Passed through only three traffic lights on the entire route. Plenty of climbing to test the legs, but we never had to get off our bikes and walk. No crashes and no injuries, just a pleasant level of fatigue. Very pleased to have raised a substantial amount for the Maddy Fund.
We could not have done it without Dad’s support along the way – he helped make the trip so memorable. Mum, Sarah and Nonny were hugely supportive and kindly enabled us to leave our family obligations behind for four days.
“Thank you” to everyone who sponsored our ride – we really appreciate your generosity and will ensure all monies are put to great use through the Maddy Fund.
In May 2010, Freddie and Harry (and Nonny and Andrew) ran in the Bupa Mini Run in Edinburgh to raise funds for the Maddy Fund. They raised over £3000 by jogging 1.5 km around a circuit in Holyrood Park. There was terrific support by the rest of the family with cousins Bruno and Luc also running accompanied by Auntie Saz and Uncle Robby.