VOLUNTEERS from a homeless charity donned fancy dress for a cycle around Cumbrae which raised more than £1,500.

Help the Homeless Glasgow, which supports those living on the streets in the city, was raising cash to help with the upkeep of its new storage unit.

Organiser Anton Reilly says the event was a huge success and they are now hoping to make the cycle an annual trip.

He added: “The whole day was amazing and we have managed to raise our target of £1,500, which will hopefully keep rising.

“There was around 20 of us who went across, and we were joined by two young girls from Millport whose mum had heard about the event.

“We even had comedian Gary Faulds join us for the cycle, which really added some celebrity to the occasion.

“It was such a good day that we want to make the cycle an annual fundraising event."

The charity volunteers dressed up in a variety of costumes for their ten mile cycle around the island.

Anton said: “It stayed dry, so that was a bonus at this time of year.

“We all managed to get around with a lot of encouragement from locals and passers-by.

“One of the guys even cycled down from Glasgow to Largs, and then went round the whole island with us, which was some effort.

“I was dressed up as Ginger Spice and it was a really good laugh, all for a good cause."

Anton praised the island community for getting behind them.

He said: “All the businesses were great with us, and we have to give a special mention to Fintry Bay, On Yer Bike and Mapes of Millport.

“We had buckets out during our time in the town and residents were coming up and chatting to us before donating.

“The team at Mapes of Millport were fantastic and gave us our bike hire at a discounted rate because of the cause.

“We couldn’t have asked for any more support from the island - and that’s why we want to come back and do it again."

To donate to the charity’s storage space fundraiser, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hthg-storage-space?