Findhorn firms Watershed Sauna, The Vibe Movement and The Olive Tree Kitchen work together to raise funds for new beach steps
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THREE businesses based in Findhorn worked together to raise nearly £600 towards a beach steps upgrade.
Watershed Sauna, The Vibe Movement and The Olive Tree Kitchen held a fundraiser on Friday, September 1 on behalf of The Findhorn Village Conservation Company (TFVCC) who need £50,000 to renew eight sets of steps on the back shore.
Elle Adams from the mobile sauna based in the village confirmed the company donated all profits from running communal and private sauna sessions at the beach on the day.
She said: “As small businesses based at the beach and embedded in the community, we were eager to make our contribution to the fantastic efforts of TFVCC and support the rebuild.”
Chelle Parker - who offers weekly outdoor ‘Wild Vibe Yoga’ on the beach on Friday mornings - incorporated a live DJ for the class on September 1 and donated her proceeds.
She said: “I’ve been hosting yoga at the beach since 2019 to help people feel alive, strong and energised to get out and enjoy life.
“Last year, Watershed Sauna and Olive Tree also brought their delightful offerings to the back shore and we’ve been collaborating ever since. Rupert who runs the sauna suggested we do a wee fundraiser to help support the steps refurbishment and I asked my friend DJ Nei Bermudes to play a set at the beach.”
The Olive Tree’s Gill de Oliveira, who serves coffee and cake from their van at the beach from Monday to Friday, donated the profits from a prize draw - entrants paid £5 each to be in with a chance of winning a homemade cake delivered to their door, a Wild Vibe Yoga class and a space in a Watershed Sauna communal session.
She said: “We see how much the beach is enjoyed by our customers on a daily basis - restoring the steps is an integral part of maintaining such a wonderful spot!”
A total of £592.50 was raised and donated to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Findhornbeachsteps
FVCC secretary Cathy Low said: “We are grateful for their support. We have completed the work on the beach steps and are now working on the boardwalks. ”