For the third year running Dumbarton and District MS Group met with a team of young people known as Bike the UK for MS, whose aim is to raise funds and create awareness for MS.

This year the team are cycling 1,009 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, meeting with local MS groups along the way. The Dumbarton group arranged hospitality at Dumbuck House Hotel for the cyclists, who included local Daniel Burns from Alexandria, whose parents Patrick and Karen are involved with the MS group.

At the meeting, the cyclists and the MS group members shared stories with each other about their family and friends and their experience of MS.

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James Whateley, the UK programme director, was overwhelmed by the warm welcome the cyclists received.

He said: “I have never seen so many happy faces. Our team of cyclists had a wonderful time chatting to Dumbarton MS Group and what a lovely buffet they provided for us, well done Dumbarton MS Group and thank you all for your hospitality.

“Daniel has been a great asset to the team and his local knowledge about routes has been invaluable to us all.”

One of the cyclists, 69-year-old Franz Hoppe had flown in from Germany to join the trip at Land’s End.

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He added: “I love coming to Scotland, I find Scottish people very friendly, the scenery is very beautiful, as is the whisky.”