26 May 2015

Cycling fundraisers tune up for musical journey to John O'Groats

Jamie Carstairs on his tandem bike 

According to his blog, Jamie Carstairs likes riding his tandem bike and playing the tuba, though not necessarily at the same time.

Sixteen year old Jamie plays in a variety of brass bands, and is also a keen cyclist. This summer he’s embarking on a tandem bike ride with his family from Land’s End to John O'Groats – about 940 miles.

They’re aiming to raise £1000 for the Young Musicians Parents Association (YMPA) Perth and Kinross, a charity that supports musical education for children. YMPA subsidise music camp places for youngsters who wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise.

Award winning talent

Jamie, who has Down’s Syndrome, says learning music has taught him many valuable skills from improving his memory, to overcoming problems and achieving things he never thought possible.

Mungo Carstairs, Jamie’s dad and lead tandem rider says: “Jamie and his two brothers have benefited hugely from the council's music service. In fact Jamie is the current holder of the ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ award in Perthshire Youth Brass.”

Annette Welch, chairperson at YMPA, says: “We’re absolutely delighted Jamie and his family nominated us as their chosen charity for this massive challenge.”

“MyDonate is great as users can be confident that all the money they give is going straight to help young musicians. It was quick and easy to set up and the online support was excellent.”

Keep up with how Jamie and his family are doing at his tandem and tuba blog.

You can support Jamie’s fundraising efforts

Find out more about the Young Musicians Parents Association (YMPA)



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