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Sportive Kinross celebrate 10 Years of supporting Rachel House

Kinross High School join forces with Muckhart family to design commemorative jersey for annual cycling fundraiser, which has so far raised £75,000 for CHAS.

A family who receive support from Rachel House have teamed up with Sportive Kinross and Kinross High School to design a special cycling jersey, marking a decade of the event’s fundraising dedication to CHAS.

Sportive Kinross, which takes place on Saturday 25 April, is one of Scotland’s most popular cycling events and is run by volunteers from Kinross Cycling Club. Since its inception in 2011, the club has raised over £75,000 in donations for the charity.

A jersey has now been commissioned to celebrate the relationship between the event, CHAS and Marion and Iain Riddell (of Muckhart), who are able to participate in the Sportive with the assurance that their daughter Isla is in safe hands at the hospice.

Activities staff at Rachel House facilitated a home craft session with Isla and Marion to produce a logo, which was then given to the Craft, Design & Technology department of Kinross High School who completed the overall jersey design. 3rd Year Design student Rory Maddocks, a keen cyclist himself, stepped forward for the challenge, incorporating graphics created by the Riddells.

The jersey will be available for sale, priced £35, for a limited time from 9am on Saturday 7 March) until 7pm on Wednesday 18 March. Proceeds will go towards the cost of sustaining the event and to CHAS. Those interested in signing up to one of the Sportive’s three distances can also raise money for CHAS by signing up here. And if you wish to purchase the commemorative jersey can do so via www.sportive-kinross.co.uk.

Marion Riddell said: “Having the club and Rachel House in our lives can help make the day to day that bit easier. We’ve been coming to Rachel House since Isla was 4 years old, when she became more unwell. They’ve been very supportive over the years and we’ve had some lovely stays there.

“We also have CHAS at Home and a very supportive key worker who is always at the other end of the phone for a chat. It’s a lovely place to come to – a place where Isla can have fun in a great environment and a place where we can come as a family. We’ve got some lovely memories of special times there. We also get to meet families who are in a similar situation and find out how they cope with things.

“As a member of Kinross Club, I heard about the Sportive and was able to volunteer last year, while Iain has taken part in the last few years. I’m hoping to get on the bike for it this year. Meanwhile Isla can come to Rachel House, where we know she will be well looked after.”

Lyndsay Stobie, Community Fundraiser at CHAS, said: “We owe Sportive Kinross a debt of gratitude for everything they’ve done and continue to do to raise money for CHAS. This jersey is a lovely symbol of our ten year association and a gesture that means all the more with Isla, Marion and Kinross High School’s involvement.

“The Sportive itself is always a lively occasion for our volunteers to get involved in, helping out with registration, manning the feeding stations and cheering the cyclists over the finish line.

“Many cyclists choose to sponsor CHAS but the charity also receives £6 from every entry fee. As an in-demand event, registration often fills up quickly so would recommend riders sign up soon.

“All the proceeds go towards the sustainability of care that CHAS gives to so many babies, children, young people and their families, whether it’s dedicated nurse care, a week of respite, a simple meal or a hydrotherapy session.”

Stuart McDonald, Design Technology Teacher at Kinross High School said: “The Craft, Design and Technology department at Kinross High were delighted to be involved in this collaborative project to design the Sportive Kinross 2020 event jersey. Rory Maddocks (S3) took up the challenge as he is currently studying courses within CDT and is an active member of Kinross Cycling Club, participating and representing the club at various cycling events and competitions.

“Rory demonstrated great enthusiasm and commitment during several lunchtimes to produce a range of design concepts which met the brief and showcased the great artwork produced by the talented Isla. Both Rory and the department are delighted to see the finished jersey which was a highly rewarding collaborative experience.”

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