A north-east charity which supports local children with severe disabilities has raised over £40,000 after taking part in Ride the North.
More than 50 cyclists took on the challenging route, all in aid of Charlie House, which provides respite care to youngsters and their families.
The event took place during the weekend of August 27 and 28, with participants cycling 170miles from Rhynie to Inverness and back again over the two days.
Several of the cyclists who signed up to cycle for Charlie House during the Ride the North challenge were parents who are currently being supported by the charity and wanted to give something back.
Two company teams, one from the Craig Group and another from Roy Cowie Limited and a group of head and deputy head teachers from schools across the region also supported the charity.
The charity’s chairwoman, Tracy Johnstone, who volunteered during the event, said: “We are totally in awe of everyone who undertook all the training and fundraising for us and participated in Ride the North.
“We are delighted to announce our intrepid team of cycling fundraisers amassed over £43,000 plus gift aid to be collected.
“This amazing amount will allow us to add another post to the Community Support Team sooner than we had planned.
“In turn, this will enable us to reach out to more families locally in the north-east and provide the network of support they need at a difficult time.
“We also thank everyone who supported our cyclists during Ride the North, from event organiser, Neil Innes to the volunteers, marshals, support riders, Rhynie WRI and those who sponsored our cyclists.
“Your support means so much to all the families who benefit from our help each year.”
For further information on the facilities Charlie House provides, visit: www.charliehouse.org.uk