Today Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, gave his support to a charity bike ride to raise funds for Headway East Lothian. The bike ride took place on Sunday 20th August and was arranged and led by Fiona Grant-MacDonald, a Musselburgh native who suffered a brain haemorrhage nearly five years ago.
Ms Grant-MacDonald has since done much work for the charity Headway East Lothian, which aims to support and improve quality of life for people in East Lothian with Acquired Brain Injuries, their families and carers. Ms Grant-MacDonald has performed as a singer to raise funds for Headway along with holding science workshops.
The charity bike ride saw 20 participants cycling to and then climbing 3 peaks across the Lothians, including Arthur’s Seat, North Berwick Law and the Hopetoun Monument at Byres Hill, ultimately cycling a total of 70 miles in between.
Mr Beattie met the group at their breakfast stop in Musselburgh and he commented:
‘Fiona and her colleagues have put in an incredible shift and I take my hat off to them.
‘Brain haemorrhages can change someone’s life, and those around them, profoundly and they can strike without warning.
‘Headway East Lothian do fantastic work in helping those in the area who have suffered from such an illness and I’m delighted to see the charity benefit from the generosity of all who donated to Fiona’s cause.’