Chapelton builders get on their bike

Housebuilders and developers from ZeroC, AJC Homes, Elsick Deveelopment Company, and A&J Stephen, alongside Neil Skene from NESS
Housebuilders and developers from ZeroC, AJC Homes, Elsick Deveelopment Company, and A&J Stephen, alongside Neil Skene from NESS

Four house-building and development firms are gearing up to take part in a bike ride at a new Aberdeenshire town to raise money for charity.

The firms will participate in the in the Chapelton Bike Ride on Sunday, September 4.

Builders from ZeroC, AJC Homes, Elsick Development Company and A&J Stephen will be competing against one another at the event to raise funds for North East Sensory Services (NESS).

NESS, which has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee and Elgin, supports over 4800 people in the north-east who have sight or hearing loss.

By providing both social work and life-enhancing services, NESS is able to help those with a sensory impairment overcome challenges and achieve independence.

This is the first year that the Chapelton Bike Ride, formerly called the Great Stonehaven Bike Ride, has taken place in the new town which is situated near Newtonhill.

Caroline Fife, the Duchess of Fife, landowner and developer of Chapelton, said: “All house builders working on Chapelton are really committed to making the bike ride a big success and putting it on the map.

“Each firm is gathering a team together for a good-natured competition, so there will certainly be a great deal of secret training involved. There’s a lot of friendly banter between the groups, but it’s all in jest as the real reason they’re taking part is to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

“Chapelton residents have also expressed an interest in registering for the ride to raise money for NESS. It’s great to see so many people getting involved to fundraise for such an important charity.”

Neil Skene, fundraising coordinator at NESS, added: “We’re so thankful to the teams for getting on their bikes to raise money.

“All of us at NESS are really excited about the new route and events available on the day.

“There will be something for everyone, from cyclists and walkers, to foodies and music fans.

“We hope lots of people come along to participate.”