Retired businessman Alan Biggar arrived at Murrayfield Stadium, this afternoon having completed the final leg of his epic drive for Teenage Cancer Trust around Europe’s Six Nations' rugby stadia.
A convoy of classic cars escorted Alan on the final part of his 3,600 mile journey, arriving at Murrayfield to the welcome of the Linlithgow Rugby Football Club Male Voice Choir, Scottish Rugby Board Member, past president and former captain, Ian McLauchlan, and the gratitude of his charity for whom his latest fund-raising has raised more than £43,000 bringing his grand total over the years to over £300,000.
Alan has been behind the wheel of his 1971 Morgan Plus Eight for the last two weeks, braving the unseasonal weather for the journey in the open-topped car.
Scotland captain Kelly Brown also praised Alan's endeavours. "Contgratulations to Alan on completing his drive and on raising so much money for a good cuase. It sounds as if he's overcome a few challenges along the way!
"As a player it's always a hairs on the back of the neck moment when I run down the team tunnel at Murrayfield and I'm sure Alan got as much of a buzz rounding off his drive at Murrayfield."
Alan left North Berwick a fortnight ago heading for the ferry at Hull. Over 14 days he motored to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Stade de France in Paris, Twickenham Stadium and on to Cardiff where he was welcomed to the Millennium Stadium by former rugby union players, a convoy of Morgans and a 30 strong Welsh male voice choir.
Whilst in Cardiff, Alan dropped in on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the University Hospital of Wales before setting off for the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. On the home stretch, Alan visited the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Western General in Edinburgh, due to open this summer, before he headed on to Murrayfield.
Alan said "It’s been a tough journey but also loads of fun. We had electrical problems on the starting grid, the fan fuse kept blowing through Italy and France, and the windscreen nearly broke in London, but apart from that it’s been great!
“The roads on the continent are wonderful and lunch at the Millennium Stadium with two of my rugby heroes, J P R Williams and John Dawes, was definitely a highlight. I’m so pleased to now be back on home ground having completed our mission and raised lots of money for local young people with cancer.”
Former head of Brewin Dolphin’s Edinburgh office, Alan has been a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust since 2008. This is the third and final time Alan will take to the road for Teenage Cancer Trust, having completed two similar challenges in a 1957 Morgan Plus 4. In 2008, Alan toured all 39 Brewin Dolphin offices across the UK in memory of a colleague’s daughter, Zoë, who died after a three-year fight with cancer. In 2011, Alan teamed up with Radio Forth’s Cash For Kids, touring all 20 of Bauer Media Group’s stations.
See Alan’s journey and donate at www.6nationsdrive.com.
Friday 12 April 12pm depart for Rome from North Berwick via Hull and Zeebrugge
Tuesday 16 April 11am arrive at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. 1pm Depart for Paris via Monaco
Friday 19 April 11am arrive at the Stade de France, Paris. 1pm depart for Calais
Saturday 20 April Appearance at Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch
Monday 22 April 8am arrive at Twickenham Stadium, London; 8.30am depart for Cardiff. 1pm arrive at Millennium stadium. Visit Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University Hospital Wales.
Wednesday 24 April Depart for Dublin via Fishguard and Rosslare.
Thursday 25 April 11am arrive at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Depart for Glasgow via Larne and Cairnryan.
Friday 26 April 12.30pm arrive at Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Western General hospital in Edinburgh. 2.30pm convoy departs Knockhill. 3.15pm convoy arrives at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.
About Alan Biggar
Alan Biggar is a retired stockbroker and former head of Brewin Dolphin’s Edinburgh office, now living in North Berwick. He is a Director of Vino Wines, a start-up launched in 2010 with four shops in Edinburgh. Alan dedicates much of his time to charity involvement and is a patron for Teenage Cancer Trust and a governor of Donaldson’s in Linlithgow (Scotland’s national school for pupils who are deaf or have communication problems).
Alan Biggar played at The Edinburgh Academical Football Club as the second non-Accie member in 1973. He played for a couple of seasons in the 1st XV at full-back under the captaincies of Ronnie Sloan and Walker Forsyth.
About Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals that bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.
Teenage Cancer Trust wants every young person with cancer to have access to the best possible care and professional support from the point of diagnosis, no matter where they live. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during cancer treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age by experts in teenage and young adult cancer care, can make a huge difference to a young person’s experience.
Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund all of its vital work. To find out more, get involved or make a donation visit www.teenagecancertrust.org. Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).