Falkirk Round Table pedal power will help heart disease kids

Cyclists present the �9500-cheque
Cyclists present the �9500-cheque

Big-hearted cyclists from Falkirk Round Table have raised a massive £9500 for a little-known charity.

Eight members of the Round Table - Jim Snedden, Charles Masterton, Phil Lauder, Kevin Gilmour, Steve Barton, Mark Northway, Scott Cunningham and Ross Wilson - cycled 270 miles from Zeebrugge to Paris in August last year as part of the Old Alliance Challenge, raising vital funds for the Somerville Foundation.

Falkirk’s Tablers, who have cycled for many charities over the years, said the feat was their longest and most difficult challenge to date.

And they are over the moon their initial fundraising target of £2000 was blown out the water thanks to the generosity of family and friends.

Phil Lauder said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised this much money.

“We completed the challenge over five days, although most of the cycling was done in four.

“There were 38 people taking part, including the eight of us from Falkirk Round Table, and it was a marvellous event and very well organised.”

The Somerville Foundation helps children and young adults born with chronic heart disease.

Based in England, the charity is trying to build up its presence in Scotland and help more families.

Falkirk Round Table heard about the Foundation through one of its members whose sister, Dr Liza Morton, is a Scottish ambassador for the organisation.

Liza, who lives in Larbert said: “The amount of money they raised was amazing.

“They totally surpassed our expectations.

“This money will be used to continue a wide range of work and services provided by the foundation, but particularly we’ll be looking at what can be done in Scotland.”