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Monday, 16 June 2008

Associated British Ports’ round Britain
charity tandem rolls into Ayrshire

MOTORISTS may have witnessed an unusual sight on Ayrshire’s roads recently in the form of Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Pedal the Ports charity tandem relay, which arrived in Scotland last week.

Pedal the Ports is a large-scale fundraiser for motor neurone disease, for which ABP employees are taking part in a 1,600-mile tandem bike ride around the company’s 21 ports throughout June. The challenge started on Friday 6 June, at the Port of Grimsby. All monies raised are going to the charity Motor Neurone Disease Association, and the Sheffield Institute Foundation, which aims to develop an international centre of excellence for basic and clinical research into MND, with all the key research skills under one roof.

The team from the Port of Hull arrived in Ayrshire on Tuesday and handed the reins of the bike over to the team from the Port of Ayr, who were tasked with cycling down to Dumfries. A barbeque was held at the port to welcome the cyclists after their long journey.


Local fundraising efforts raised over £2,500 with the national total now exceeding over £75,000.

Stuart Cresswell, ABP Port Manager, Ayr & Troon, said: “The whole event has really been taken onboard by the local staff and I cannot thank everyone enough for the efforts they have made to ensure its success. The local fundraising drive was greatly supported by all our customers and suppliers and to this end we are truly hopeful that the efforts being made will help research into this currently incurable, terminal condition.”

He added: “I am pleased to report that the team from Ayr completed its run down to Dumfries the following day, crossing the Galloway hills in what can only be described as predictable Scottish summertime weather (i.e. sunshine interspersed with wind and rain!)”

For more information, and to read a blog and photos posted by those taking part in Pedal the Ports, CLICK HERE

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