Fife man's £1000 fundraiser with Lomond Hills 30-day bike challenge

A man from Leslie has raised £1195 for the town’s community pantry with a 30-day mountain bike challenge which saw him cycle 12 miles everyday over the Lomond Hills.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:31 pm

Luke Andrews (27), completed the gruelling 360 mile challenge earlier this week after battling some of the most extreme terrain and weather that the Kingdom has to offer.

He wanted to raise the cash to help the pantry which started from humble beginnings at a table at the town’s Station Hotel’s beer garden last year.

Six months after opening, it moved to a permanent location at the sports pavilion at Quarry Park with an estimated 2700 food parcels given out since the start of the pandemic.

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Luke Andrews celebrating after finishing the challenge. Pic: Chris Kleinman Photography.

Gayle Wilson, Leslie Pantry founder, said: “What Luke has done for the pantry is absolutely amazing. I’m overjoyed that he chose to raise funds for us.

Aaron Andrews, Luke Andrews and Gayle Wilson. Pics: Chris Kleinman Photography.

"He lives in Leslie and sees all the hard work that we do for the community and just wanted to help out – the funds will really help us out over the summer months.”

Gayle adds that that even though lockdown restrictions will be easing soon, food insecurity is here to stay.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” she added.

“Lockdown restrictions will hopefully end soon, but there are families that will feel the effects of the pandemic for years to come.

"Food insecurity will be around for a long time, and in the long run we will end up with more foodbanks than pubs and restaurants.”

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