Paisley to Pamplona ride for Prosthetics

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A former Banchory Academy pupil is preparing to take on the challenge of a lifetime as he cycles from Paisley to Pamplona for charity.

Tom Robertson, originally from Drumoak, is studying Prosthetics and Orthotics at Strathclyde University.

We’re very passionate about the charity and would love to contribute in a big way towards this project.

Tom Robertson

This summer, he will cycle over 2000km through four countries to raise money for MUKTI, an Indian charity which provides basic prostheses for amputees.

The artificial limbs are produced for just £10 per leg and are distributed to patients free of charge.

MUKTI has provided over 300,000 artificial limbs and calipers to those in need since 1986.

A plaster mould of the amputee’s limb is made and each artificial limb or caliper is custom fabricated based on the deformity and dimensions of the person concerned.

Tom, 22, will take on the challenge accompanied by John Grose, 19, who is a student at the University of British Columbia.

Tom said: “We’re very passionate about the charity and would love to contribute in a big way towards this project, providing prosthetic limbs in a country with a huge wealth disparity.

“Our training for this trip has to be trans-atlantic - John is training in his native Canada whilst I’m training in Scotland.”

The pair will set off on June 16 and aim to reach the capital of the Basque country by July 4, in time for the infamous Fiesta de San Fermin.

Anyone interested in supporting Tom and John on their journey across the Pyrenees can do so by visiting www.youcaring.com/project-fundraiser/paisley-to-pamplona-charity-cycle/327520.