Civilian and service personnel join forces for Forres school

Melanie Newbould, Stewart Evans, Stuart McIntosh and Kieran Rawley

Funding for a special education needs at Applegrove Primary School in Forres was the target for a team of RAF Lossiemouth’s C4i personnel taking on a 108-mile challenge this week.

A mixture of keen cyclists and novices from the Moray base set out on a ‘King of the Castles’ challenge through Moray and Nairnshire visiting the castles at Dufftown, Brodie, Ballindalloch, Balvenie and Cawdor.

Support for the challenge was supplied by Lossiemouth-based Outfit Moray, with bike mechanic Stewart Evans on hand for running repairs while colleague Ian Rideout maned the support vehicle.

Mr Rideout is the chief executive for Outfit Moray, an outdoor education charity who also provide a bicycle recycling service. He said of the service team: “They have done an amazing job – it was incredibly cold and it is a tall order to take on a challenge of this type in November.”

Stuart McIntosh of C4i, who helped come up with the challenge, added: “The integration of children with special educational needs adds to the strength of Applegrove for all children, who benefit from a policy of inclusion.”

Cash raised from the even is to go towards buying a new iPad and ceiling-mounted projector for the Forres school.

The group from C4i are also holding a raffle to raise further funds with prizes donated by Glen Moray, Aberlour, Windswept, ESP and the ID Band Company.

Tickets for the raffle are available from RAF Lossiemouth and Applegrove Primary School.

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