At the end of July powerhouse Nicola Burnside smashed her fundraising target of £500, raising over £1200 for Bethany Christian Trust and a number of other charities by cycling 60-70 miles daily over three days as part of Rat Race Events ‘The Crossing’, a coast-to-coast 200 mile off-road bike ride in the north of England.

“We loved the ride, across the north of England over three days of varied but beautiful scenery.  The route took us from Whitehaven in Cumbria on the west coast to Scarborough in Yorkshire on the east coast.  We are from Yorkshire so lots of it felt like home to us but there was so much we hadn’t seen before and it was great to cross the whole country under our own steam. We were exhausted but buzzing at the finish and I am overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been in supporting these amazing charities!”

When asked what made her decide to support Bethany as one of her charities, Nicola said:

“I chose Bethany because I had done a bit of volunteering for them some years ago through work. I am based in Edinburgh and where I worked previously we used to go in pairs weekly to one of the drop-in centres in Leith to help in the kitchen and to help and talk to the clients. I enjoyed it and I learned a bit about the great work that Bethany does.  I don’t have time to volunteer any more so this was a way I thought I could still help.”

We are so delighted that Nicola chose to support Bethany. Cycling is just one of the many ways you can fundraise for Bethany’s work with homeless people in Scotland.

If you are looking to do something similar but a little closer to home in Scotland, why not consider signing up for the very last Pedal For Scotland on 8 September. Challenges range from a 10 mile ride from Linlithgow to Edinburgh to 100 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh! Learn more about Pedal for Scotland here

From 2020, Pedal for Scotland will evolve into shorter, local and free events in an effort to help more people enjoy cycling, regardless of income.

Thanks for being our #BCThero Nicola and happy pedaling!