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Ellon businesses go gold for childhood cancer awareness month


By Kirsty Brown

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Local businesses have been rallying around to support Go Gold September, a campaign raising awareness of children's cancer.

A number of golden bikes have been displayed around the country in memory of children who lost their life to cancer, including a number in the north-east.

With the support of John Igesund from Fencing Solutions Tarves, Ellon businesses have been able to show their support for the campaign by displaying vehicles paying tribute to Hamish Dear, who passed away in 2015 aged just three years old following a nine month battle with neuroblastoma.

His parents, Kris and Hollie, then went on to set up charity Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs in 2016 in his memory to help families experiencing life with a child diagnosed with cancer.

The Pet Stop Grampian is hosting the gold bike in memory of Hamish Dear.
The Pet Stop Grampian is hosting the gold bike in memory of Hamish Dear.

A golden bike honouring Hamish's memory can be found in the window of The Pet Stop Grampian

Explaining, owner Shona Dempster said: "John asked if I could display a gold bike in the shop during September - initially I wasn't sure why but when realised it was to raise child cancer awareness I couldn't say no.

"As a mum I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak parents suffer when a child is diagnosed with terminal cancer and knowing their lives are drawn short before they've even began is gut wrenching.

"The gold bike belonged to a wee local boy called Hamish, and seeing it brought a lump to my throat and the reality of what happened to this little boy hit home."

Mitchell's House Of Mayhem are also been doing their part, displaying a golden Sinclair C5 in Hamish's memory.

Anybody who wishes to donate to Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs to help them support children diagnosed with cancer can do so online at: www.justgiving.com/hamishdears-warmhugs


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