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Kim Craven and Rhonda Harvey

In February 2005 our brother Robin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a hard struggle to fight the disease, Robin passed away 6 months later, aged 49. He had just obtained an Honours Degree in Therapeutic Radiography the year before.

Devastated by the battle he had faced, we passionately wanted to do something to help with research into pancreatic cancer, and so at Robin’s funeral we suggested that instead of giving flowers, people could make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund – an amazing £370 was donated.

In the October of that year, we decided to organise a sponsored cycle to raise more funds and called it The Robin Wilkie Memorial Cycle. We thought it would be very appropriate to do it along the 50 mile stretch of the Clyde & Union Canal from Anniesland in Glasgow (where Robin lived) to Ratho (where Kim and her family live). Friends and family were delighted to take part. It has become an annual event, with many more participating, and so far we have managed to raise a fantastic £26,000.

Robin Wilkie Memorial Cycle
Sally Magnusson, with bike, starts the cyclists off

It was because of the lack of research into pancreatic cancer that we wanted to help raise money. We are very proud that we have raised so much for the charity and believe that the result of our efforts can give hope to others in the future.