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Thirty children and adults were raising funds for Ability Shetland at Hillswick on Saturday: Photo: Eleanor Robertson

OVER £1,200 was raised for Ability Shetland on Saturday afternoon after around 30 children and parents cycled and walked the 10 kilometre route from the Eshaness Lighthouse to the Hillswick Hall.

Ability Shetland runs a variety of clubs and recreational activities throughout the year for children and adults with disabilities across Shetland, including at Urafirth.

Five year old Summer Carr in a borrowed ‘off-road’ wheelchair.

In addition the charity provides one-to-one support to people to support inclusion and offers advice and support to all.

Meanwhile, £3,500 was successfully raised thanks to the generosity of 137 contributors to allow an off-road wheelchair to be bought for five-year-old Summer Carr from Tingwall.

Her aunt Angela Stemp, who set up a JustGiving fundraising page, said she was amazed how that it only took seven days to reach the target.

Summer was born with multiple and complex medical conditions with upper and lower body joint contractions, and she will need a wheelchair into her adulthood.

Stemp said: “I am sat here in tears amazed and overwhelmed at the wonderful generosity you have all shown. I have seen from birth how Summer has battled through the many obstacles that have been in her path. She is truly amazing.”

The JustGiving fundraiser is still open.