When we (The Neil Mackenzie Trust) started making plans for a year long series of events centred around Bell’s Bothy, it took me a while to work out whether there was an option that would be family-friendly, and that could involve some of the less adventurous of us out there! With much chat with fellow mums at after-school activities and the school & nursery gates I stumbled upon the idea of a sponsored walk within the vicinity of Strathnairn. This would allow us to run a ‘local’ event for those that weren’t able to make it to Skye, and hopefully we would be able to do different routes to make it possible to be enjoyed by individuals of differing abilities.
After a few weeks of research, both on foot and by looking at maps, we found a network of tracks recently upgraded for a windfarm development. Following a little liaison with the landowners, we are pleased to announce the local part of Bell’s Bothy Challenge is a family-friendly sponsored walk at Dunmaglass Estate, with many thanks to Dunmaglass and SSE for letting us use the land.
There will be three routes available to suit all ages and abilities, and our aim is to get as many people of all different ages out to enjoy our surroundings, take some exercise, meet some new friends and of course raise some money for The Neil Mackenzie Trust at the same time! The Trust’s tagline is ‘Fun to Donate, Fun to participate and Fun to Benefit’, so it would be great if as many of you as possible could come and join us to help us achieve this.
The event will take place on Saturday 24th June at Dunmaglass, Inverness-shire. It is £5 to register per family, and feel free to raise as much money in sponsorship as you can! There will be prizes for the participants and homebaking & refreshments available at the end of the walk! For more information and a registration form please contact Caroline Tucker on firstname.lastname@example.org or download the form below.
If you are unable to take part in this event but would like to sponsor someone walking, running or cycling, please visit our Charity Choice fundraising page to make a donation: https://www.charitychoice.co.uk/theneilmackenzietrust/appeals/dunmaglass-sponsored-walk/682
Remember there are other things going on throughout the year, and feel free to set up your own challenge to raise money, wherever you are in the world!