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Newspaper’s award win prompts editor to launch charity campaign

Adam CivicoA regional newspaper has used a cash prize it won to launch a fundraising bid for disabled people on its patch.

The Shetland Times was presented with a cheque for £500 to donate to a charity of its choice when it was named Newspaper of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball last month.

But instead of just handing over the cash, editor Adam Civico decided to launch a campaign to raise more money and staff at the paper have decided Shetland Sport for All should be the beneficiary.

The charity aims to buy adapted bikes, which can cost up to £4,000, in order to give disabled people the same opportunities to get out and enjoy cycling in Shetland.

Adam, pictured, said: “Shetland Sport for All is a brilliant charity and a worthy cause.

“I hope that as many people as possible get behind our campaign and give what they can to help us raise thousands so that more people can enjoy the experience of cycling.

“Our community is known for its generosity and we hope that with your support we can make a big difference.”

Shetland Sport for All chairwoman Donna Murray added: “At Shetland Sport for All we want to see people of different ages and abilities having access to bikes which gives them the opportunity to overcome some of the barriers that impact on them being able to access and enjoy cycling and being active.

“We are so grateful that The Shetland Times team have chosen our charity to support and to help get adapted bikes to Shetland.”

To donate to the campaign, click here.

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  • March 16, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    A considerate and thoughtful action, showing exactly what a real community newspaper is all about

    Well done Adam and co and good wishes for the fund raising campaign

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