THE Benarty based Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club has been one of four causes to be backed by the Cash for Kids charity.

Thorntons Solicitors raised an impressive £44,000 after pledging its support to Cash for Kids by waiving their fees for making or updating Wills throughout September 2017. Instead, they asked clients to make a donation to the children’s charity.

All donations have now been collected and counted, recording a five figure sum which was raised collectively from all Thorntons offices across Tayside, Angus and Fife. After launching its Charity Wills Month in Kirkcaldy in 2016, £4,000 has been raised for Cash for Kids locally and Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club is one of the groups to benefit.

KORMC operates an off-road motorcycle track about one mile north of Benarty and is starting a special programme for youngsters this month.

Said the club's David Paton: "Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club aims to make our community safer by providing managed off-road facilities for children, young people and motorcycle enthusiasts

"We use off-road motorcycling to help children and young people develop skills and positive attitudes to help them navigate challenges in life".

Some of the causes to benefit from Charity Wills 2017/18 in Kirkcaldy include Rosslyn Special Needs School, Kirkcaldy YMCA, The Cottage Family Centre, Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club, Fife Young Carers, Fife Kinship Care and Fife Employment Access Trust.

Emma Kemp, Charity Manager at Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids, said: “This was a record breaking year for Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids. We helped more children and young people than ever before, and that’s thanks to the kindness of people and businesses like Thorntons Solicitors.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Thorntons Solicitors have offered to play their part in helping to transform the lives of local young people. Their support has provided a real boost and has helped to make a difference to so many lives.”

Our picture shows champion racer Ciara Robertson and her sponsors MX 365 who went up to the KORMC track just outside Benarty in April. The kids of the club all had a great day chatting with Ciara.

Added David: "Ciara gave a demo riding around our track which inspired a lot of our young people".

The programme that KORMC are running will be for the Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath and the Benarty area schools. Youth groups, the police and education can make referrals at no cost. It starts on May 26.

Added David: "The aim of this referral programme is to reduce the amount of illegal off-road riding which cause havoc in our parks, paths, woodland areas and Walkways.

"It is an educational programme where we discussed topics such as: victim perspective, the law and responsible riding, food and nutrition and first aid. This will be done bi-weekly on Saturday mornings and then the Saturday afternoons will be spent on the motocross track riding dirt bikes".