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Capital to capital bike ride raises money for inspirational Clarrie Mendy

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Clarrie Mendy visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire every day after it took her cousin Mary Mendy, and Mary's artist daughter Khadija Saye, from her.

Despite her grief she spoke up for the people affected by the fire and did what she could to support them.

But the year after the fire she was to receive more devastating news. She was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a degenerativie condition affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Clarrie has increasingly limited use of her hands

Counillor Ian Henderson met Clarrie at a council meeting and decided he wanted to do something to help support her.

An old school friend of his, Gordon Barclay, had said he was interested in taking on a charity challenge, and between them they came up with the idea of the Portobello in Edinburgh to Portobello in west London cycle ride.

Ian and Gordon in Portobello Square after Gordon completed the ride

Gordon, originally from Portobello in East Lothian, set off last Sunday and completed nearly 100 miles a day, covering 500 miles, before arriving on Portobello Road in London.

He was greeted by Clarrie and her friends and family.

Gordon arriving at Portobello Square
Clarrie and Gordon after he completed the challenge
Cyclists from west London met Gordon close to the finish line
Gordon Barclay after his epic ride

Half of the money raised will be used to help support Clarrie, the other half will go to two motor neurone disease charities.

The MND Association has more information about motor neurone disease.