Cyclists set up charity in Tom’s name

Tom Anderson was an inspirational cyclist
Tom Anderson was an inspirational cyclist

Team-mates of a popular cyclist who died while out on his bike have set up a foundation in his memory.

Captain of Falkirk Bicycle Club Tom Anderson was tragically killed in a fall on a rural road in Perthshire last month.

But his memory will live on after fellow members decided to form the Tom Anderson Cycling Fund to inspire disadvantaged youngsters to take up cycling.

Despite not having charity status at the moment, £2500 was donated at Tom’s funeral and they want to use it to kick-start a campaign to enable cycling to help all aspects of local communities.

Mr Anderson, from Torphichen, was married to Katie, also a keen cyclist, and had two children. He recently organised a charity bike ride to raise money for children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Craig Moffat, a member of Falkirk Bicycle Club, said: “We are in the process of setting up a charity which will be called the Tom Anderson Cycling Fund.

“Tom was a renowned cyclist, not just locally, but throughout Britain and his death has shocked many people.

“The aims are to be clearly written out by Tom’s wife Katie. But what we are setting out to do is to give youngsters who may not get the opportunity to ride a bike the chance to do so.

“These opportunities will be varied and include all types of cycling. We are aiming to link up with schools and community groups throughout Scotland.

“Katie, the girls and the Anderson family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and messages of support throughout this difficult time. More information will be provided shortly on how you can support this great fund.”