Young islanders cycle 22 miles to raise money for Parkinson’s UK

Logan and Kian Gibson raised £1,500 for Parkinson's UK. NO_T04_LoganandKian01
Logan and Kian Gibson raised £1,500 for Parkinson's UK. NO_T04_LoganandKian01

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While most people were tucking into turkey, two young boys from Mull cycled 22 miles on Christmas Day to help raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Logan and Kian Gibson, aged 11 and nine respectively, have raised more than £1,500 for the charity.

The youngsters wanted to raise the money, as well as awareness, for Parkinson’s UK as their grandad had the disease. Unfortunately, he passed away last Friday.

The Tobermory boys’ mum, Karen Fraser, said: ‘They cycled 22 miles on Christmas day from their own home to the care home in Craignure, where there grandfather had to stay. He had Parkinson’s and dementia.’

Karen explained that, owing to his illness, he was unable to be at home for Christmas.

Speaking about her sons’ accomplishment, she added: ‘It is amazing. I don’t think they realise it themselves how much people were supporting them. We are very proud.

‘Their grandfather and grandmother, Kenny and Anne Gibson, were super proud as well.’

Logan and Kian accomplished the feat in just one hour and 35 minutes.

‘They are proud of themselves,’ their mum added.

Brian Gibson, their dad, cycled with them, while mum Karen drove alongside.

Parkinson’s UK is ‘on a mission to change attitudes, support one another and find a cure’.

Jan Mattison, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK Scotland, said: ‘This is a fabulous achievement by Logan and Kian and we are so proud of them and thank them for their efforts.

‘We’re sorry to hear of the passing of their grandad, but know he would have been thrilled that they’d made such an effort to raise funds for the charity.

‘It’s only through the wonderful support of people like Logan and Kian that Parkinson’s UK Scotland can fund world-leading research towards better treatments and a cure.’