Fundraising bandmates to play in Tongue and Wick as part of LeJog 2 LeGig challenge
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Two musicians will be performing in Sutherland and Caithness this weekend as they approach the end of a fundraising bike ride from Land's End to John O’Groats.
Mark Evans and Ian McGuire embarked on their LeJog 2 LeGig challenge earlier this month to support the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
At the end of each stage of the route the duo, alongside support driver and band member Guy Gibbs, are performing a free gig in a local venue. That adds up to 14 nights of gigging along their 1000-mile route, cycling over 70 miles a day.
The musicians, from Bristol, have exceeded their initial £5000 target with £5253 raised so far on their JustGiving page.
They began the challenge on October 9. Having previously played as support act to the Wurzels, they are no strangers to live performances with 17 years' experience with the covers band Tundra.
Their set spans the decades from the 1960s to the modern day.
Mark and Ian, along with Guy, are due to play at the Brass Tap Bar, Tongue, on Saturday (October 21) and at Harper's in Wick on Sunday (October 22).
They are raising money and awareness of MND as Mark’s brother-in-law Paul Bradley died from the disease earlier this year.
Mark said: "Watching a very active, fun-loving, close member of your family become locked into their own body but cognitively 100 per cent all there, and with them knowing that they are never going to move again, was devastating and heartbreaking for all of us.
"More research is desperately needed and we want to do all we can to raise awareness and make just a small difference."
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement and eventually leaves people unable to move, communicate or breathe.