Cycle raises £450

Duncan Ross (left) with co-rider John Brady.
Duncan Ross (left) with co-rider John Brady.

A blind Alford man has completed a tandem cycle to raise funds for a disability charity.

Duncan Ross, who turns 25 this week, cycled from Aberdeen to Alford with the help of co-rider John Brady.

Mr Ross is raising funds for Lead Scotland, a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland.

The charity helps Duncan to improve his core skills and he also has weekly support from Lead volunteer John Clelland.

Duncan said he was surprised by how much money had been raised by the cycle.

“It’s been very unexpected,” he said. “I didn’t think we would raise as much as we have.

“The cycle itself was absolutely brilliant. We got quite a nice day for it apart from a couple of showers but overall it was excellent.”

Duncan first started cycling with John Brady, a retired cycling training instructor, three years ago and he believes they could have gone further than the 44-miles they cycled together.

Mr Brady, 68, said: “The route is quite demanding but it went very smoothly.

“It was our longest cycle together but we both felt like we can easily go further. Maybe we will try a longer route next year!”

Duncan grew up at Craskins Farm, Tarland, with his parents before moving to Alford.

His mother, Alison, who lives at the farm with husband Brian, said she was very proud of what Duncan has achieved.

She said: “Duncan has been cycling for a number of years and he is very committed to it. He is a very motivated person and has had plenty of support from family and friends.

“Jenna, his sister, and her boyfriend Scott live in Cape Town and they have been encouraging people to donate on Facebook. We are all proud of him.”

A spokeswoman for Lead Scotland said: “We would like to congratulate Duncan and John on successfully achieving their 44 mile assisted tandem ride.

“Duncan has been a Lead learner for over a year now and works extremely hard at improving his core skills.

“Well done and many thanks to Duncan and John who braved the elements and have raised over £450 to date for Lead Scotland.”

You can sponsor Duncan at his website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/duncan123