Golden bicycles and scooters have been appearing around Aberdeen to raise awareness of an important cause.
The city centre has seen a number of the glistening bikes and scooters installed to draw attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’s “Glow Gold for September” campaign.
Lighting at some prominent buildings will also be taking on a golden hue.
One of the precious bicycles can be seen outside the Pret A Manger on Union Street, another at the Union Street and Holburn Street junction; and another is outside The Wig pub.
You’ll find others outside the Trinity Centre, Marks & Spencer in the St Nicholas Centre; and the KFC on Union Street. Finally, two golden scooters have been placed outside the Toni & Guy salon, also on Union Street.
Each bike bears the name of a North-east child who died between 2012 to 2017, including little Eileidh Paterson who passed away in July this year.
Marischal College will be lit up gold for three weeks this month, King’s College Chapel Crown for one week and the Number 10 bar on Queen’s Terrace for the entire month, all as part of the awareness drive.
Milene Munro, whose son Braeden Williams passed away aged seven in 2014 after battling a brain tumour, helped organise last year’s campaign.
Now, in a bid to further grab people’s attention, Milene came up with the idea of bikes dotted along Aberdeen’s main street.
She said: “We did it last year with the buildings but I found that people didn’t really know the reason behind it, so I wanted to grab even more attention.
“I asked permission from the other parents in the bereavement group I attend, in Maggie’s, if I could use their children’s names for a project.
“They agreed and after I had put all of the bikes and scooters in place, I sent the parents pictures.
“They were so surprised and touched.”
Milene, who lives in the city centre, hopes to keep the project going for the rest of the month, and is urging people to get in touch with more bikes.
She said: “This project and the bereavement group are the only things that I’m passionate about after losing Braeden. It’s what keeps me going.”
Cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental childhood death in the country.
Councillor Sandra Macdonald, who represents the George Street/ Harbour ward, agreed that there was a need to raise awareness of childhood cancer. She said: “I find it very touching that someone has decided to paint bikes to highlight cancer among children.
“I fully support the awareness of cancer and by doing it through a means of art is nice to see.
“The use of social media to promote this is brilliant.
“I haven’t actually seen the bikes in person yet, but I saw it on social media.
“It is great to see the word being spread about this.”
Cllr Michael Hutchison, who also represents the area, said: “I think this is an innovative and poignant way to raise awareness of childhood cancer that will catch people’s attention.
“I hope that by raising awareness this can help save lives in future if symptoms are spotted at an earlier stage.
“I’ve met Milene – who has organised all of this – on a few occasions, and she really needs to be commended on her determined and tireless work around childhood cancer.”