Ronnie Dukes, a member of the Glasgow Lomond and Clyde Branch, International Police Association, will be cycling the length of the Forth and Clyde Canal to raise money for the Police Treatment Centres in October.
Ronnie said "I have been fortunate enough in the past to benefit from treatment at Castlebrae, Auchterarder, the Police Treatment Centre in Scotland. The other Police Treatment Centre is in Harrogate. The staff give support and encouragement to aid recovery to help get you back on your feet. It's a charity and they need support to continue what they do best. On 3rd October 2016 to help raise funds for them, I cycled the length of the Forth and Clyde Canal and back on their behalf.
I was originally going to cycle in one direction. When I reached the Kelpies, on the east coast, I met a retired (32 years) Grampian police officer, his wife and their daughter. I learned that the gentleman had hearing difficulties and now problems with his eyesight. They had heard of the Police Treatment Centre at Auchterarder and asked me for some information. Hopefully I've pointed them in the right direction.
As I rested, I also had a challenge from a friend on Facebook: would the return journey be quicker? The weather was good and after a bite to eat I decided to cycle the return journey from the Kelpies to Bowling and then back home. A total of 81+ miles. I've never cycled this far in a day.
If you are inspired by this, please feel free to make a donation to this worthy cause. So far I have raised £397.26 plus £77.50 in Gift Aid. My target was originally £350. I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me and made a donation and I would like to say a very big thank you."
You can support Ronnie through his Justgiving page.