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Four family members taking part in Ride the North to raise funds for sensory charity

Four members of the same family will take part in a 57-mile cycling event to raise money for a northeast charity that spent years supporting their loved one who passed away this year.

Kelly Forrest, 35, her husband Kevin, 51, dad Mike Clark, 65, and sister Michelle Sturrock, 30, will take on the gruelling Ride the North challenge later this month.

They are collecting donations for North East Sensory Services (NESS) after the charity supported Kevin’s dad Walter Forrest for 15 years.

Walter, who had sight loss caused by macular degeneration as well as hearing impairment, passed away in May, aged 89.

Four family members taking part in Ride the North to raise funds for sensory charity

NESS supported Walter and provided technology that allowed him to continue doing ‘normal’ things that people take for granted like watching TV and reading daily newspapers, all of which increased his independence.

Kelly, from Aberdeen, told how the family had planned to participate in Ride the North for NESS before Walter’s death. The event is now more poignant as they will use it to pay tribute to him.

They are also keen to give back to NESS for all the care and support the team gave to Walter during his life.

Kelly and Kevin, who run Forrest Training in Aberdeen, previously sponsored a fundraising calendar for NESS.

Ride the North takes place on Saturday, August 27, with two different routes of either 57 miles or 100 miles, both beginning and ending in Elgin.

The family’s fundraising page for NESS can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelly-forrest7.

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