AN IRVINE woman has now completed virtual cycling challenge to raise funds and support for a marine wildlife rescue charity.

Helene Gray completed a virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle, raising £595 for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue [BDMLR] charity’s Ayrshire team.

The Paterson Crescent resident, who started her epic cycle in February, completed the challenge raise funds to help the team get vital equipment to help their efforts across Ayrshire and Clyde area.

She said: “It went really well, I hadn’t set a specific time limit but had hoped to do it within 50 to 100 days and managed 53, so quite happy with that.

“I was planning on doing it every single day but then had a bit of an injury and had to take a few days off.

“I’ve raised £587 and had an amazing response with lots of encouraged it. It’s a good wee lump to go towards our trailer fund anyway. My justgiving link is still active and will remain active for a month or so, if anyone wants to make a late donation

“One of the other medic’s wee girl has started making keyrings to raise money and I’ve recently also set up a wee business during lockdown selling jewellery made using seaglass, which is reclaimed waste really, so I thought it was quite fitting.

“For the next few months I’m going to be using 50 per cent of the proceeds for the trailer fund.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed by giving a donation or sharing my post.”

To contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in an emergency just call the 24-hour hotline on 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (out of office). For more information on the group visit

To donate to Helene, visit

You can also search for her Seaglassara page on Facebook.