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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Fancy dress bike trek for charity

AN ANNAN trio are doing a fancy dress bike ride to raise money for charity.

Paul Aitken, right, alongside his son Aiden and friend Graham are hoping to raise £600 with this fun cycling event.

Taking place on Saturday, July 30, the ride will begin in Annan at 10.30 am and stretch all the way to Boreland – a journey that stretches across almost 20 miles.

They are raising money for Sports Driving Unlimited, a charity made up of enthusiastic volunteers who are keen for people with an impairment to enjoy benefits of taking part in sports carriage driving.

Benefits range from entertainment to health, such as developing individual confidence, motivation and achievement.

The charity chose the name Sports Driving Unlimited due to their belief that anyone with a physical or mental impairment can take part in sports carriage driving and benefit from therapeutic contact with ponies.

Paul said: “We have been going out practicing most days trying to get the miles in to prepare ourselves.

“This charity has helped my daughter, she has ADHD and the difference it made to her is fantastic.

“She’s so relaxed and calm when she’s out carriage driving or even if it’s just grooming a pony or doing little things around the yard.

“This charity has not just helped us as a family, it’s helped many more.

“There are people of different abilities and ages that use the charity, including wheelchair users, one-handed people, as well as people that have ADHD and autism.

“The money we raise will go towards providing more carriage driving opportunities for disabled people.”

If you would like to donate for Paul’s cause, visit www.localgiving.org/fundraising/cyclingA2B/ or search Paul’s fundraiser for Sports Driving Unlimited on Facebook

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