“Sarah’s Bright Ride” to support children’s charities

A Culter man is organising a kids charity cycle ride along the Deeside Way to raise money for for the charities that have supported his daughter’s best friend who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last year.

It was just four days before Christmas that Sarah Wiseman was diagnosed with Leukaemia, and Culter man Andrew Calder wants to organise an event that will raise funds for the charities that have so far helped Sarah, who is undergoing two years of treatment, six months of which is intense chemotherapy.

He said: “Despite her condition she is an amazing girl who has been such a good friend to my daughter. She lives her life with a smile on her face and refuses to let what she is going through get her down. She really is an inspirational person and in recognition of her personality (and preference for brightly coloured clothing!) we have decided to call the event ‘Sarah’s Bright Ride’, all the participants will be brightly clothed.

“We are hoping that a pile of money will be raised and the children will all get a chance to have fun and do something proactive and healthy as well as showing their support for Sarah. “Sarah and the majority of the children attend Culter Primary School or live nearby.”

The charities supported are Clic Sargent, The Archie Foundation and The Little Princess Trust.

So far around 70 people have signed up and they are expecting more to register after the school holidays.

The plan is that up to about 100 kids and adults will take part in a cycle ride along the former railway line from Peterculter to Cults and back again. The cycle takes place on Sunday 28 April.

There will be a midway stop-off (at Cults) where organisers hope to give the kids a small ice cream and a drink to keep them going.

After the cycle is complete all the kids will congregate at the church park near Culter Station where they will be issued will certificates, balloons, snacks and hopefully will be gathered for some bright and colourful photos!

The cycle will be a leisurley, fun 5 or 6km cycle each way, and in no way a race.

In terms of fund-raising, there will be an online page set up where each cyclist will be able to log in and receive sponsors, and there will also be collection buckets on the day of the bike ride.

All participants must be registered before the event, and registration forms can be obtained by emailing Andrew Calder on dalmore2008@btinternet.com or by phoning him on 01224 733 677 or 07816 020 913.