Walk raises £4k for charity

The group at the start of the walk L to R Sally Scott, Jane Cairns, Lorna Keith, Alison Chalmers and Lorna Wilson.
The group at the start of the walk L to R Sally Scott, Jane Cairns, Lorna Keith, Alison Chalmers and Lorna Wilson.

A group of ‘Fundraising Friends’ has raised more than £4,000 for local charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars following a successful fundraiser.

Earlier this month, the group of ladies took part in ‘The Sole Mates Walk’ from Dyce to Ellon, walking along the Formartine Way to raise funds for the charity.

This was the second fundraising venture this year for the group, following on from their successful ‘Hit the Decs’ disco in March.

Group member Lorna Keith told the Times: “We appealed for willing participants who would undertake the walk, totalling 21km, and were delighted at the support we received.

“Around 80 people registered to take part, an indication of how local people are very much behind this worthwhile cause,” she said.

On the day the group met at Dyce and participants set off at 10.30am, some choosing to run the distance while others opted for a casual walk with their dogs.

They were even joined by a couple of toddlers in buggies who enjoyed being part of the happy atmosphere as they made their way along the former railway line.

“It was a warm day and we took around three-and-a-half hours to complete the distance,” said Lorna.

“Everyone was delighted to enjoy some home bakes, sandwiches and teas at the Station Hotel afterwards where they received medals in thanks for their efforts.”

There to thank them personally on behalf of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars was Jonathan Cordiner.

He reiterated how the money collected would be used to support local families where there is a child with a terminal illness.

“We were delighted to announce that the amazing figure of £4,300 was gathered in total.

“We would like to sincerely thank all who took part and contributed their time, money and talents to this fantastic amount.

“We would also like to thank those who donated the delicious home bakes and to say another huge thank-you to Mrs Keith of The Station Hotel for her generosity,” added Lorna.