Kirkcaldy bikers’ ride for charity

From left, BRIAN NEILSON, ALAN LAWRIE, MARGARET NOBLE (with Fargo), GEORGE FINDLAY, BRYAN McGlashan with guide dog Ufton, COLIN JARVIS & Brian McGlashan
From left, BRIAN NEILSON, ALAN LAWRIE, MARGARET NOBLE (with Fargo), GEORGE FINDLAY, BRYAN McGlashan with guide dog Ufton, COLIN JARVIS & Brian McGlashan

A FLEET of motorbikes will be heading from Kirkcaldy to Anstruther later this month to raise money for a charity.

As many as 300 bikers could be taking part in the ride along the coast for Guide Dogs For the Blind Scotland.

The event has been organised by keen biker Brian McGlashan whose son Bryan is blind.

Mr McGlashan, who lives in Thornton said: “My son Bryan has been blind since birth and has a dog so I’m aware of the work that Guide Dogs For The Blind does. Most people don’t realise how much a guide dog costs. A bag of food is £40 a month alone.

“When Bryan went away for his guide dog training for example, he was in a hotel for a fortnight, you can imagine how much that cost. Guide Dogs For The Blind pay for all that so they desperately need money.”

So far 50 bikers have confirmed that they will be taking part, but the number looks likely to be boosted. “There’s a lot of interest from biking clubs. There’s people coming from Edinburgh and Ayr to take part so I’m hopeful for a lot more coming along.

“Fife Police have been great. They’re going to send a rider along to escort us along the Esplanade when we set off.”

The ride, which has been sponsored by Colin Jarvis at the Body Shop, will be leaving from the Basin Car Park at noon on April 29. Each rider will pay £5 to join and there will also be a free raffle.

Lisa Knight, Community Fundraiser at Guide Dogs said, “It’s great to hear about the bike ride to raise money for Guide Dogs. It costs £50,000 to breed, train and support a guide dog throughout its lifetime. The money raised at the event will help transform the life of people who are living with sight loss.”

** For more details go to Brian’s Facebook page ‘Coastal Ride Out In Aid Of Guide Dogs’.**