Boys Brigade charity challenge

Jamie Smith, Finlay Bridgeford, Jamie Reid, Andrew Will and Callum Sheil with BB Officer Jock Cockburn
Jamie Smith, Finlay Bridgeford, Jamie Reid, Andrew Will and Callum Sheil with BB Officer Jock Cockburn

Members of the 1st Ellon Boys Brigade are preparing to take on a charity challenge this weekend.

Approximately 30 boys will be taking part in a sponsored stretcher carry up Bennachie on Sunday, May 8.

The boys will be joined by the leaders of the company section.

On the day of the sponsored stretcher lift, the boys will be split into two groups and will have to climb to the top with one boy in each group not touching the ground at all times.

Dennis Chalmers, captain of the 1st Ellon boys’ Brigade, said: “I came up with idea as I just thought it would be something different.

“The guys will use a stretcher to lift the boy up the hill to the top.”

The Boys Brigade are taking on the challenge to raise money for CHAS and Macmillan nurses.

Dennis explained how they chose the two charities: One of our past officers, Dave Cross, sadly passed away in December and he was a great supporter of CHAS, and also back in January sadly Anne Bridgeford, a parent of two of our boys, passed away and she was supported by Macmillan nurses through her illness so we thought these were two worthy charities to raise funds for.

He added: “The boys are really looking forward to it.”

After the challenge is over, the parents and friends association will hold a barbecue at the bottom of the hill.

If you would like to sponsor the 1st Ellon Boys Brigade’s Bennachie challenge you can do so by visiting their online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/teams/1stEllonBB.