Cyclist hands over cheque to school

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A CRATHES cyclist has handed over a cheque for just over £5,000 to a North-east charity and a Deeside school.

As reported in last week’s Piper, Aberdeen Foyer and Crathes Primary School were the grateful recipients of a shared £5,058 raised by cyclist Perran Horrell.

Mr Horrell, whose two children attend the primary school, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats with two friends in July, covering 1,050 miles and taking in 17 major hill climbs. The trio cycled for at least six hours each day over 11 days. Mr Horrell’s wife Annie, children Tom and Sam, and dog Rusty acted as support crew for the cyclists, keeping up morale and making sure the trio were fed and watered. The group were accompanied by a cycling contingent of Crathes Primary parents and pupils for a few miles just outside Braemar.

Maureen Fraser, headteacher at Crathes Primary, said: “We are immensely grateful to Perran and Annie for their hard work and generosity.

“The money will go a long way to provide extra and exciting learning opportunities for the children here at Crathes.”

Aberdeen Foyer works to prevent and alleviate homelessness and unemployment among people aged 16-25 in the city and Aberdeenshire.