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Cavalcade for CLAN

A cavalcade of vintage and classic cars has made its way through Moray and Aberdeenshire to help raise awareness and funds for a leading north-east cancer support charity.

Some 17 cars and one motorbike from yesteryear took part in a tour of a number of CLAN Cancer Support’s centres throughout the north-east of Scotland to help raise awareness of the charity’s bases across the region.

Leaving from CLAN’s base in Elgin, the fleet of cars wound its way through the north of Aberdeenshire taking in the charity’s centre in Inverurie before arriving at CLAN House, the charity’s headquarters in Aberdeen, for a spot of lunch and a tour of the facility. From Aberdeen it was on to the CLAN centre in Stonehaven and its base in Banchory before ending up at its centre in Ballater.

Attracting vintage car enthusiasts from across the north of Scotland, the event is on course to raise around £3000 for CLAN which will go towards the charity’s provision of free support services to anyone affected by cancer across the north and north-east of Scotland.

Tracy Sellar, CLAN’s Moray services co-ordinator, said: “This is the first year that this event has been organised and it really was a sight to see when the cavalcade of cars left Elgin this morning, it was brilliant.

“CLAN is active throughout the key areas that the cars passed through today, providing a range of free cancer support services for people who live in that particular town and surrounding area. It is events like this that really help shine a light on the work we do within these specific areas as well as helping raise funds that ultimately allow this free provision of support services to continue.

“The support shown towards the event has been incredibly pleasing and I’d like to personally thank all those who helped organise the event, as well as its sponsors for helping make the day such a success.”

Ron Billing, member of Moray-based Historic Wheels Club and the driving forces behind the CLAN Cavalcade, said: “Today was truly fantastic and it was great to see such an interesting and diverse range of vehicles take part.

“We had everything from an Aston Martin to a Ferrari and AC Cobra taking part in the drive and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in helping the event, which is in its first year, come together.

“CLAN does a great deal of good work across the communities we visited today and if we’ve helped raise awareness of this, as well as making a nice sum for the charity, then we’ve done what we set out to achieve.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org

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