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Brothers from Thornhill, Forres cycling to Grantown-on-Spey (return) to raise money for Thistle Boxer Rescue charity

By Garry McCartney

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Leland, Kia and Michael McInnes-Main.
Leland, Kia and Michael McInnes-Main.

TWO young brothers from Forres are cycling to Grantown-on-Spey and back to raise money for charity.

Inspired by their own dog, Kia, and accompanied by a family friend, Michael (13) and Leland (9) McInnes-Main will follow the 50-mile round trip on Saturday, August 1 from their house in Thornhill along the Dava Way on behalf of Thistle Boxer Rescue.

Proud mum Claire has set up a donation page at https://gf.me/u/ydzu96 and is looking forward to them successfully completing their mission.

She said: "As we are a Boxer-loving family, the boys want to help other dogs who may have been abandoned, are in need of re-homing or medical treatment. Every penny helps.

"The Dava Way is a lot safer than the road but I'm nervous about how far they're going ... and I'm not sure they realise themselves! Kia won't be going with them as she's getting old but she'll meet them in Grantown with some lunch.

"Their dad and I are very proud they've chosen to do something for charity and over such a long way."

During the first phase of lockdown, keen cyclists Michael and Leyland looked forward to their daily hour on their bikes.

Anderson's Primary pupil, Leland, said: "I'm excited to be allowed to go so far away to raise money for Boxers. They like to play, are very gentle and cute. I love playing football with Kia even though she's not very good at sharing the ball!"

Forres Academy student, Michael, is also looking forward to the challenge in aid of a good cause.

He said: "The thing I like most about Boxers is their friendship - they always want to be with you and as close as possible. Kia sleeps in my bed at night and leaves no room for me. They're very loving dogs."

Founded in 2018, Thistle Boxer Rescue rescue and re-home dogs from across Scotland. The charity aims to develop a nationwide network of volunteers and supporters. For more information, visit https://www.thistleboxerrescue.org.uk/

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