Cyclists help raise funds for K&D Befrienders

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Kincardine & Deeside Befriending, were delighted to receive a cheque for over £700 following a recent cycle fundraising challenge.

Laureen Canessa and Mick Thornton successfully cycled 175 miles over two days from Inverness to Stonehaven with 9000 feet of ascent over the Scottish Highlands.

They were part of the ‘Ride The North’ cycle event which is a supported ride for cyclists of all abilities.

Laureen is a volunteer for K&D Befriending, a registered charity which matches volunteer befrienders with older people who are socially isolated.

Laureen said “the event was challenging and fun. It was very rewarding to raise money for this organisation.

“I have been a befriender for four years now and I know what a difference the service can make to many older people and their carers”.

B efrienders come from all walks of life and are all ages.

They range from 18 to 80+ and include students, parents of young children, part time and full time workers while some are retired.

K & D Befriending matches volunteer befrienders on a one to one basis with people over 55 who have become socially isolated because of illness, disability or some difficulty or change of circumstance.

If you feel that volunteering as a befriender with K & D Befriending is for you please contact Lisa at the Banchory office on 01330 823368.