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By Seanagh Palmer
Dumfries and West
Dave's cycling supports charity

NOVICE CYCLIST Dave Mattison has cycled 67 miles for charity, raising money for Parkinson's UK.

Dave, 61, was taking part in the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright’s Galloway reCycle Sportive event.

And it is more remarkable because Dave, from Kirkcudbright, only started cycling in April, and has already raised more then £1100.

He was inspired to raise funds for the charity through seeing his wife Jan’s work as the West of Scotland Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK.

Dave said: “I started cycling after moving to Kirkcudbright as it’s a fantastic way to explore the beautiful countryside and get to know the area and stay fit at the same time.

“Jan was quick to spot the opportunity and urged me to use my new hobby to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.”

Dave has also previously climbed Ben Nevis for Parkinson’s UK alongside people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends, which he said was a fantastic experience.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, and currently affects 11,000 people in Scotland.

Speaking about Dave’s next fundraiser, his wife Jan said: “Dave’s already signed up for the tough 26-mile trek of the Great Glencoe Challenge next year to raise more funds for the charity — though I’m not sure he knows it yet.”

Jan would love to hear from anyone in Dumfries and Galloway who is thinking of planning any fundraising for Parkinson’s UK in Scotland.

You can reach Jan at 0344 225 3781 or on 07812 737691 or at [email protected]
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303

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