From Rus­sia with love ...

Char­ity cy­cle raises cash for school

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A grandad dodged a mix-up with Rus­sian bor­der guards on his way to com­plet­ing a 450mile spon­sored cy­cle across four coun­tries.

James Smith got on his bike for the nine-day trek with friends Bob Clark, Frank Gil­lies, Alan Brady, James McLeod, Rab Stra­chan and Char­lie Gar­vey, which be­gan in From­bork, Poland and went through Kalin­ingrad in Rus­sia, into Lithua­nia be­fore fin­ish­ing in the Lat­vian cap­i­tal Riga.

James, who runs Ernie’s Fish and Chicken Bar in Shotts, com­pleted the mam­moth cy­cle and raised an in­cred­i­ble £9150 in the process.

All the cash is go­ing Or­chard Pri­mary Lan­guage and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre (LCSC) Sup­port Group which hua autis­tic grand­son Kyle, 9, at­tends.

James and the fam­ily were at the school this week to hand over the cash that will be used to pro­vide the chil­dren with a suitable out­door play area.

The 60-year-old said: “For the most part ev­ery­thing went very well but there were a cou­ple of hic­cups along the way.

“We were wait­ing a while at the Rus­sian bor­der but it wasn’t their fault as they didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Rus­sian.

“One of the guys sug­gested I get a pic­ture with one of the guards but after 20 min­utes I de­cided there was no chance of that. We were there for an hour be­fore they let us through!

“There were four of us who com­pleted all 450 miles but for the most part the ter­rain was quite flat and we only needed our wa­ter­proofs one morn­ing.

“When we fin­ished in Riga we had a cou­ple of days to un­wind. We had a cou­ple of friends who came out to see us and we had a great time.”

Al­though James and his friends cy­cle across Europe on an an­nual ba­sis, the fact he was fundrais­ing for his grand­son gave him an ex­tra in­cen­tive to fin­ish all 450 miles.

He added: “It def­i­nitely spurred me on and was a big boost for me. The sup­port we have had has been great and to bank that amount is tremen­dous.”

Cheque this James Smith hands over cheque for more than £9000 to Or­chard Pri­mary School

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