Island weatherman Eddie Graham set out on a 500-mile cycling challenge from the Butt of Lewis yesterday (Wednesday July 4th) – and he picked the hottest day of the year to start.
Eddie is raising money for the BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders) charity, and plans to visit every inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides, a total of 175 miles, before crossing to the mainland to complete the 500-mile cycle.
He’s hoping to have his family join him on for the 75 miles through the Great Glen later in the summer. Eddie left the Butt of Lewis at 7am yesterday, cycling through the highest temperatures of the year so far, with 23º recorded by the Met Office at Stornoway airport.
A well-known weather commentator with a huge student following at the University of the Highlands and Islands, he has already burst through his original £500 target figure on JustGiving, donations to date topping £1,300.
He said: “Anorexia and related eating disorders are powerful, insidious and highly destructive illnesses, with death rates equivalent with those of childhood cancers.
"A worryingly high and increasing number of teenage girls and boys are affected by them, among them a member of our own family. Medical resources are generally very limited (or indeed entirely lacking) in ways to treat and tackle these illnesses. Improved awareness and medical resources are necessary to beat these illnesses.”