Falkirk Junior Bike Club cyclists' 874-mile virtual challenge for Strathcarron Hospice

Thoughtful young cyclists are gearing up for an epic 874-mile virtual challenge in aid of a palliative care facility.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:09 am

Falkirk Junior Bike Club (FJBC) members are planning to pedal the equivalent distance of the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats during a 12-hour relay to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice.

Last year the group coined in £10,000 for the Fankerton-based facility by holding a similar online-led event.

Strathcarron, which provides specialist care and love to the terminally ill, has experienced arguably its toughest ever 12 months due to the pandemic and still counts on public donations to meet its £12,900 daily running costs.

Falkirk Junior Bike Club members are taking on a second 12-hour relay to fundraise for Strathcarron Hospice.

FJBC cyclists will again be aiming to go the distance for the hospice on Sunday, April 25, just days after the service marks its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, April 21.

Youngsters will be allocated an hour throughout the day, between 8am and 8pm, to cycle either virtually or locally before passing the virtual baton on to the next club member.

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A spokesperson for FJBC said: “A year on and we’re still living in a lockdown but, more importantly, Strathcarron Hospice still needs our support, probably now more than ever before.

“Please give anything you can to ensure we can raise as much as possible to support their amazing work.”

Jackie Johnston, Strathcarron fundraising manager, said: “This year, by their own admission, the cyclists want to raise funds again as they recognise all our traditional fundraising events will not be taking place but we are continuing to provide vital care for those who need us.

“We wish everyone the best of luck and hope these young people will inspire others to take part in our own virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge.

“I would like to thank the organisers behind Falkirk Junior Bike Club and all those taking part.

“As we approach the hospice’s 40th anniversary, we have never in our history been so dependant on supporters doing their own events and challenges to raise funds.”

To make a donation to FJBC, click here.

Further details about Strathcarron’s own Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraiser can be found on its website.

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