Over £6,000 was raised by a family bike ride which took place in Scotland’s largest new town last weekend.
Chapelton Bike Ride, which took place on a hot and sunny Sunday 4th of September, saw 238 local cyclists, including families and residents of the growing Chapelton community, cycle either 12 or 42 miles. There was also a short, three mile walk around the grounds of Elsick House for those who preferred to rely on their own two feet!
The event raised funds for North East Sensory Services (NESS), which helps people with serious sight or hearing loss overcome practical and emotional challenges and gain independence. NESS works with over 4,500 people throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.
Neil Skene, Fundraising Co-ordinator with NESS said "All of us here at NESS are thrilled with the number of cyclists and spectators who attended the Chapelton Bike Ride. A lot of organisation and planning went into the event, as it’s only in its first year, so it’s great to see that all the hard work paid off.
“It was a fantastic day and we received lots of positive feedback from the cyclists, who said that both the 12 and 42mile routes were great fun to take on.
“The atmosphere in Chapelton was buzzing, as the square was packed full of residents and visitors who turned out to enjoy the wonderful local music and food and drink that was on offer - as well as cheering on the cyclists throughout the day. We’re extremely thankful to everyone who participated and raised vital funds for NESS, as well as the main sponsors, Savills and Burness Paull. Thanks to their support we can continue to help people with a sensory impairment achieve independence and overcome any challenges they may face in day-to-day life."