An Ellon businesswoman and five of her staff will be heading for Deeside this weekend to raise money for a local group.
Tracy Gibb, owner of sandwich takeaway and coffee bar Delicious, and her team will be embarking on a sponsored walk on Lochnagar and Loch Muick on Sunday.
I just want to make people aware that there is this group going in Ellon and that they can come alongTracy Gibb Fundraiser
They are raising cash for Mums the Word, run by the Inverythan Centre which caters for anyone in the Ellon and surrounding area experiencing mental health issues.
The group was formed for local women suffering from postnatal depression and needs funds for creche facilities.
Tracy decided to organise the Deeside venture to help.
She told the Times: “The mums can come for a chat and coffee but there has to be creche facilities so their kids can be looked after.
“I thought I could do a fundraiser and get fit as well, so I asked some of the girls in the shop and quite a few of them wanted to do it.
“I just want to make people aware that there is this group going in Ellon and that they can come along. The centre is really good for that.
Tracy, 37, has a daughter Emily, 2, and suffered from postnatal depression and wants to help other local mothers experiencing the condition.
Mums the Word has around 10 members and meets on a Wednesday morning for an hour and a half.
Tracy said: “It has been really beneficial. There are 8-10 of us and we would obviously like to expand.
“We have a chat to see how everyone is feeling. I think because we are all going through the same thing we can relate to it.
“I just feel that if I can bring some positivity to new mums or it doesn’t even have to be new mums.
“It’s something that I never have thought that I would have suffered from.”
Tracy will be taking part in the 16-mile walk on Lochnagar and part of Loch Muick with mum Liz, sister Vicky, and Helen Strachan, Marie Kelman and Laura Mess.
The women have been preparing for the fundraiser by taking part in walks at Haddo.
Although the bulk of the money raised will go to the mums’ group, the remainder will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.