Cyclists are being urged to saddle up for a trip ‘Doon the Water’ to join a Bike Aboot Bute tour in aid of the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).
The charity, the only one in the country supporting families living with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD), is organising a fundraising 25-mile circular of the island that will be starting and finishing in the island’s capital, Rothesay.
‘This will be the ideal opportunity for those who have never been to the island to experience what many think is the hidden gem in the Firth of Clyde,’ said SHA, fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie.
‘Even for those who have visited Bute, cycling gives the opportunity to see whole new parts of the island not experienced before while raising some much needed funds for our work.’
The tour will head north from Rothesay through Port Bannatyne and cross the island to the scenic west coast, with its views down to Arran and beyond. From there, cyclists will head south to Kingarth before picking up the east coast road for the journey back to the ferry and onward back to the mainland.
Money raised will be used to support HD families through SHA’s national network of specialists; a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.
HD is a complex condition with symptoms that typically begin to develop between the ages of 30 and 50. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow along with mental illness. Those impacted by HD may eventually lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or make decisions and will eventually need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is currently no cure.
It is estimated there are around 1100 people living with HD in Scotland and up to 6000 potentially at risk.
The cycle takes place on Saturday, August 25, route notes and the services of a guide will be provided.
Riders are being asked to raise a minimum of £199 which, includes overnight accommodation on the Friday, all meals and a ferry ticket back to Wemyss Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Call or email Dougie.firstname.lastname@example.org 848 0308 or register at https://hdscotland.org/bike-aboot-bute/