A local man is set to get on his bike to raise vital funds for his friend.

John Jess will cycle 50 miles next month (29 May) and has already got the backing of local businesses.

His friend, David Airnes from Fallin, has Huntington’s disease, and is now at the stage where he needs to adapt his family home to suit his needs comfortably.

It is hoped that the money John raises from his bike run will help pay for the much needed adaptions to David’s home.

John said: “The family have tried to get grants to adapt the home to make David more comfortable, but have been unsuccessful due to government funds. This is why I’m going on the charity bike run.

“I have two routes in mind. One is out to Fintry and Kippen, the other takes in the Hillfoots, Dollar, and then Dunfermline. It depends on the wind on the day.” The locals in Fallin have banded together to help David and his family with lots of other fundraising events planned throughout the summer. Some ladies are planning a walk up Dumyat, and a Star’s in Your Eyes Event in June has completely sold out.

Huntington’s disease damages certain nerve cells in the brain, and is an inherited condition.

Over time, the damage gets progressively worse and can affect movement, cognition and behaviour.

For more information on how you can sponsor John on his mammoth cycle, email johnjess2010@hotmail.co.uk.