Academy teacher’s 1,100 mile charity cycle

Ryan Ramsay formed the charity Reach Across in memory of his brother, Ross, who committed suicide in 2013.
Ryan Ramsay formed the charity Reach Across in memory of his brother, Ross, who committed suicide in 2013.

A Rothesay Academy teacher is gearing up for a 1,100-mile charity cycle next month.

Ryan Ramsay, who teaches physical education at the school, will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats next month with hopes of raising £2,500 for his family’s charity Reach Across which they launched to support young people suffering from mental health issues.

The charity came to fruition following the death of Ryan’s brother, Ross, who committed suicide in 2013. Ryan and his mother, having felt there was little support for families affected by mental health issues, started Reach Across to help young people between the ages of 12-30 in need across local areas of Angus where they’re from.

Ryan’s challenge will see him set off from Land’s End on July 18, with a detour to ButeFest where Ryan will be playing a set, before continuing on to John O’Groats.

Ryan says: “Not only will this challenge be mentally and physically gruelling due to the distance, but I will add to its difficulty by performing various ‘metafit’ sessions throughout my journey. In addition, I have to ensure I get to ButeFest which will involve cycling at least 70 miles per day.”

If you’d like to sponsor Ryan in his mammoth challenge, click here to make a donation.

Ryan will also be bag-packing at Bridge Street’s Co-operative on Saturday, June 25, to boost funds and any contributions would be gratefully received.