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Banff soldier smashes North East 250 cycle route in 15 hours to support north-east charities

David Jarvis with Janet Anderson from Friends of Chalmers Hospital. 
Picture by Paul Glendell
David Jarvis with Janet Anderson from Friends of Chalmers Hospital. Picture by Paul Glendell

A Banff soldier is making a mark on his new hometown having raised more than £1,000 to help charities.

Staff Sergeant David Jarvis cycled the North East 250 in aid of Friends of Chalmers Hospital, Banff, Friends of Tarlair and his regiment the Royal Signals.

The 38-year-old completed his longest endurance ride yet in just under 15 hours.

He said: “I must thank the Rotary Club of Banff  as they came out to see me off at 4am and then again to cheer me back in at 7.30pm. I couldn’t be more grateful.

“I’ve found in the past with all the moving I have done through the Army, that the best way to fit into your community it to jump-start it by doing something big.”

He delivered on that promise, raising £1,047 for charity, part of which will go to the Friends of Chalmers Hospital and Friends of Tarlair baths at Macduff.

A spokeswoman for the hopsital group said: “We are extremely grateful for the hard work David has put into the charity cycle ride and wish him a big congratulations on the huge accomplishment.”

One from the Tarlair group added: “What a fantastic cycle. We hope David enjoyed it, and that got the support deserved.”

A member of the Royal Signals for 20 years, SSgt Jarvis recently settled in Banff with wife Stephanie and one-year-old daughter Sophia in preparation for his return to civvy street in two years.

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