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By Christie Breen
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Brother inspires cycling challenge

A BEATTOCK man’s fundraiser to purchase an electric wheelchair for his brother raised over £900 within the first ten days.

Stuart Shannon, 51, created the Go Fund Me page to help improve the quality of life for his brother Andy.

Andy had both of his legs amputated after multiple health issues.

Speaking about the fundraiser, Stuart said: “My brother, Andy, has suffered with type one diabetes since he was two years old, and at the age of 16 he was also diagnosed with epilepsy. His diabetes has always been against him and in 2017 he had his first leg amputated.

“We were hopeful that he would be able to continue life as normal as possible but unfortunately in 2022, after suffering heart failure and battling sepsis, he had to have his other leg amputated.

“As my brother was a keen cyclist, my daughter Stevie-Leigh and I have decided to tackle the Etape Loch Ness and Isle of Mull 2023 cycle sportives to help raise funds to buy an electric wheelchair for him.”

The 66-mile event around Loch Ness will take place on April 23 next year, the course starts and finishes in Inverness, with a 900 metre ascent.

Then in June Stuart and Stevie-Leigh will take on the Isle of Mull Sportive where they will cycle the 43-mile long short route. Stuart is now looking ahead and is currently training when he can to get ready for the sportives and he said: “I am really looking forward to it, I’m a bit apprehensive of it all but I’ll have my daughter there and she’s done this sort of thing before so she’ll keep me right.”

To donate to Stuart’s fundraiser visit www.gofundme.com/f/andy-his-electric-amputee-wheelchair.

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