A north-east couple are doing a 200 mile charity cycle, 12 months after a serious accident forced them to postpone the event.
Amy Gray and Glyn Jarvis from Oldmeldrum will cycle across seven Hebridean islands to raise money for Aberdeen Cyrenians and Arthritis Research UK.
The couple had originally planned to carry out the fundraiser in April 2014, but just 10 weeks before they were due to depart Glyn was seriously injured in a cycling accident.
While cycling on Bennachie his bike slipped and he crashed into a tree at around 20mph. He was badly hurt, suffering a shattered collarbone, multiple cracks to his shoulder blade, five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a fractured vertebrae, and a blood clot under his right arm.
Luckily for Glyn an air ambulance and mountain rescue crew were in the area and he was quickly taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment. He spent 10 days in hospital, and underwent surgery to repair his shattered collarbone with several screws.
Just one year on from the accident the couple are set for their second attempt to raise money for two charities close to their hearts.
“I picked Arthritis Research UK because I have a form of arthritis and I’ve got it in my family,” said Amy.
“It’s a life-changing disease but it doesn’t get a lot of recognition in relation to more life threatening diseases.
“Glyn picked Aberdeen Cyrenians as his charity because at one point in his life he was homeless for a short period. We came and volunteered one Christmas and it made us realise how lucky we really are.
“Everybody deserves to have a chance in life, but there’s a lot of prejudice about homelessness. We want to raise awareness about it to help people who haven’t got a chance.”
With Glyn not yet fully recovered and Amy suffering from Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, training for the mammoth cycle has been tough for the couple.
They have been cycling whenever possible, carrying out the training to fit around their full-time jobs.
“We’ve got a cycle trainer set up in the living room and a dog who needs to go out for walks twice a day too, so we’ve been up walking in the hills and things, doing different types of training to build up our stamina,” said Amy.
“I can’t do too much training because of my disability. We really need to think about how many miles we can do each day so I have time to recuperate. Doing 20 to 30 miles doesn’t sound that far but we’ll be carrying all our kit, and I can’t do what normal, able bodied people can do.”
The couple will land on Barra on Saturday May 2 to begin their cycle. To donate to their fundraising effort please click here.