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Charity's supporters encouraged to take part in north-east cycling events


By Kyle Ritchie

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A north-east charity has encouraged supporters to take part in sponsored cycling events this summer to help raise funds for life changing services.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) has five charity spaces for this year’s Ride the North 2021, and is working once again with the Chapelton Bike Ride which has been supporting the charity since 2016.

Founded in 1879, the charity's objective is to achieve a society in which people living with sensory loss are able to fully participate and contribute to the same level as those without sensory loss.

Ride the North is offering up two challenge events this year. The one day event is due to take place on Saturday, August 28 and will begin and finish in Rhynie, Huntly, and riders can choose to cycle the 180k, 140k or 100k route.

Alternatively, cyclists can choose to take on Ride The North 153 challenge – a network of suggested cycling routes around Aberdeenshire and Moray.

NESS is also grateful that the annual Chapelton Bike Ride returns this year and will go ahead on Sunday, September 5.

As per previous years, there will be two cycle routes to choose from – 12 miles or 42 miles. Registration will open for the Chapelton Bike Ride on Sunday, June 27.

Charity North East Sensory Services is encouraging supporters to take part in cycling events this summer.
Charity North East Sensory Services is encouraging supporters to take part in cycling events this summer.

All funds raised on behalf of NESS will go directly to support the essential support services the charity provides.

Lynn Batham, community fundraising co-ordinator with North East Sensory Services, said: “We are very excited to be participating again in such fantastic, fun and popular events.

"Donations raised from fundraising events like these help make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of blind and deaf people across the north-east of Scotland.

Community fundraising co-ordinator with North East Sensory Services, Lynn Batham.
Community fundraising co-ordinator with North East Sensory Services, Lynn Batham.

“We want to make sure anyone in the north-east with a sensory impairment is given all the support they need to live as independently as possible and participate normally in society.

“Our supporters taking part in fundraising events like these enables us to do exactly that.”

NESS provides support services for people with hearing and visual impairments. It works in Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeen, Angus and Dundee.

It supports around 6500 people with sensory impairment and their families. In 2010 it changed its name from Grampian Society for the Blind to NESS.

It provides a wide range of social care services to support blind and deaf people of all ages.

It promotes the positive contributions people with sensory impairments can make to society and shares positive stories highlighting the work the charity does.

For further information, or to register to take part in the charity challenges on behalf of NESS, contact Lynn Batham at lynn.batham@nesensoryservices.org

For more information about NESS, visit www.nesensoryservices.org


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