Flying cyclists provide a £1200 boost to Forres school


Airmen and women based at RAF Lossiemouth’s C4I Squadron have completed a gruelling 110-mile challenge to raise funding for the special needs unit at Applegrove School in Forres.

Following a route that took in some of the finest if albeit most challenging scenery in the country, the team took in five castles – Duffus, Brodie, Ballindalloch, Balvenie and Cawdor.

Admitting that it was a tough but ultimately satisfying experience, Sergeant Stu McIntosh said: “It was a tough challenge undertaken by a determined group of people who, with varying cycling abilities, raised £1200 for a very deserving group of children.

“We all tried our best and gave it maximum effort, with each cyclist recording personal best distances, none of which could have been achieved without our excellent support team.”

On completing the challenge the team visited Applegrove to meet some of the children who will be first in line to use the items purchased as a result of the cash raised from their efforts.

Sgt McIntosh said: “Meeting the children was great fun and when we left we were presented with a scrapbook of our challenge that they, and the teachers, had made for us.”

Squadron Leader Dan Snape, OC for C4I Squadron, added: “The challenge was hard work and tested every cyclist in their own way but the effort was definitely worth it.

“It has been a real pleasure to be able to support a local community initiative.”

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