Easy rid­ers drum up cash

Big-hearted bik­ers raise money in mem­ory of Ray

Rutherglen Reformer - - International Credit Union Day - 20th October - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen- based biker club paid trib­ute to their late vice pres­i­dent by do­nat­ing money to a char­ity close to his heart.

Mem­bers of Road Spar­tans paid a visit to En­able, a group for adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, to hand over a cheque for £350.

The bik­ers chose En­able, whose Ruther­glen group op­er­ates out of the Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, be­cause former VP Ray­mond Bar­ratt had a fam­ily mem­ber who at­tended.

En­able was sup­posed to be Road Spar­tans’ char­ity of choice last year, but Ray’s tragic death in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in Au­gust last year in­ter­rupted their fundrais­ing.

How­ever, Ray’s pals were de­ter­mined to pick up the strand and do­nated funds raised at their an­niver­sary event and char­ity box to the En­able mem­bers, who were even able to have a shot on the mo­tor­bikes.

Road Spar­tan vice pres­i­dent Vhairi Reynolds said: “We lost our vice pres­i­dent last year and he had a fam­ily con­nec­tion with En­able.

“When Ray died we started do­ing quite a lot of fundrais­ing for the fu­neral, peo­ple from all over Ruther­glen were chip­ping in, it was amazing.

“The guys at En­able were bril­liant. We went up and they all wanted to go on the bikes.” En­able’s Ruther­glen group has around 75 mem­bers, in­clud­ing rel­a­tives and car­ers of adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

They rely on fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

Mary Cas­sidy, chair of the En­able group, said it wasn’t just the money the group had been grate­ful for and said: “The £350 is great, but the fact they ac­tu­ally came up and spent a night here was just bril­liant.

“We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted. The mem­bers had so much fun and were even able to get on the mo­tor­bikes.

“We rely on do­na­tions. We try and not press mem­bers for money as many of them are on low in­come.

“Ev­ery­one is classed as a mem­ber. We have around 50 adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and then you have par­ents, sis­ters, car­ers and other fam­ily mem­bers. We want ev­ery­one to be part of it.”

Mary re­vealed the money would be used for a trip to the 10-pin bowl­ing, but she laughed: “I don’t think we’ll get mo­tor­bikes there, per­haps the guys can give us an es­cort.”

Well­side Drive, Cam­bus­lang. Ap­pli­cant, Mr Con Duffy.

Con­ver­sion of in­te­gral garage to form hab­it­able room, 7 Colville Close, Cam­bus­lang. Ap­pli­cant, Mr Brian Les­lie and Mrs Lyanne Les­lie.

Wheel-y good fun Shug Mc­far­lane with En­able mem­ber Geral­dine Do­herty

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