Staff/volunteers from Furniture Plus, who cycled between all three Furniture Plus branches
Staff/volunteers from Furniture Plus, who cycled between all three Furniture Plus branches
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A GROUP of 14 people from, or supporting, local social enterprise Furniture Plus cycled 32 miles around the Kingdom on Saturday.

Setting off from the charity’s headquarters in Dysart, the team also paid a visit to the Inverkeithing and Cowdenbeath branches before returning to Dysart.

The idea, which came from some of the staff, was organised and used as an opportunity to raise extra funds to assist with the various training and employability programmes that Furniture Plus operates as part of its varied work in ‘Helping Furnish the People of Fife’.

As well as staff and volunteers, the group was joined by various supporters for the ride including local campaigner Jim Tolson, former staff member Calum Watson and Frank Chin and Bill Mair from ON at Fife.

Bill and his wife Elizabeth from Proof of Fife gave additional help by manning the support vehicle.

Such was the dedication of four of the staff and volunteers that they wanted to take part in the fundraising event even though they didn’t have a bike.


Leslie Bike Shop came to the rescue and enabled them to be part of Saturday’s event by loaning them four bikes for the occasion.

Daniel Rous, managing director of Furniture Plus, told the Press: “The ride went off relatively well with only a few muscle strains to report.

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“The weather held and the riders had the chance to enjoy some of Fife’s best inland views while raising funds for this successful Fife organisation.

“Thanks are due to those mentioned who supported physically, and the many who have sponsored the team financially.”

The group have been collecting sponsorship online, and the site will remain open until the end of October for anyone who would like to show their support to the charity’s ongoing work.

Following the success of the fundraiser, the organisation will be hoping for further success in a few weeks time as it awaits news of its nomination to be the Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year.