A youngster from Uig in West Lewis has decided to test his own endurance with a fundraising feat well beyond his years.

Seven-year-old Uisdean Macritchie, from Carishader, has decided to give up his 8th birthday, on Tuesday 14 July, to cycle a 12km loop of the Valtos peninsula in aid of the RNLI.

It’s a first for Uisdean, and he’s impressed people so much that he’s already raised ten times the amount he set out to do.

His JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tina-macritchie set the target at £100 and is already (11pm Saturday July 11) showing a total of £1022 raised, without including the cash donations added by neighbours and relatives.

The mammoth cycle ride is all Uisdean’s own idea.

Mum Tina said: “Uisdean has been wanting to do something worthwhile since lockdown started and we are very proud of him for coming up with this idea all by himself.

"He would like to thank everyone for their generous support and good wishes and he is looking forward to doing the cycle whatever the weather.”

Uisdean will be on the road on Tuesday 14 July, setting out from his home at Carishader and doing a loop around the Valtos peninsula clockwise, ending at the doctor’s surgery.

The pictures show Uisdean getting some training in for his birthday cycle on the roads near his home.