Adapted bike fundraiser hits £3,000 milestone

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Fundraising for the Fraserburgh adapted community bike project, which will allow wheelchair users, friends and family to cycle together, is well underway and has reached the half-way stage with £3,000 raised so far.

A significant donation of £2,000 was received from the organisers of the Vintage Car Rally.

As part of the initiative Aberdeenshire Council’s Robertson Road Resource Centre also organised a raffle draw which raised over £500 for the project and service users are also planning a bingo night in December.

Day services manager Carol Gibbs said: “I would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who donated and supported the draw.

“This project will mean so much to people with a disability and their families; we have further donations coming in and will update everyone as we move towards our target.

“The freedom of being on a bike and feeling the wind in your face is amazing and I myself have been inspired to get cycling around Fraserburgh so it’s great that our project has the potential to help more people do this too.

“Cycling is a great way to spend time outdoors, it improves your health and is also a more environmentally friendly way of exploring the area.”

Staff at the day centre have also been helping raise funds in unusual ways and in August day centre officer Nikki-Maria Stewart and her partner David Cleary took part in a bungee jump off Killicrankie Bridge over the River Garry in Pitlochry.

The couple raised in excess of £500 in aid of the project and are thankful for all the kind donations and support.

The adapted community bike project is a collaboration between Aberdeenshire Council’s Robertson Road Resource Centre, Education, Learning and Leisure Service, Fraserburgh Development Trust and parent Bryan Wood.

Donations for the adapted bicycle project can be made to Fraserburgh Development Trust manager Mark Jackson who can be contacted on 01346 510513 or by contacting day services manager at Robertson Road Resource Centre Carol Gibbs on 01346 515292.