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Fundraising firewalk challenge in aid of Erskine veterans' activity centre at Leanchoil Hospital, Forres

By Garry McCartney

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Erskine hope to open an activity centre at Leanchoil Hospital with the help of local steering group, the Leanchoil Trust.
Erskine hope to open an activity centre at Leanchoil Hospital with the help of local steering group, the Leanchoil Trust.

BRAVE fundraisers are being urged to hot foot it to Inverurie and sign up for a challenge to raise money for a local project.

Scotland’s biggest veterans charity Erskine are daring thrill-seekers to embrace the fear of the unknown and venture barefoot across 15ft of hot coals, sizzling at 1200F, by taking part in its first-ever firewalk in aid of setting set up a veterans’ activity centre at Leanchoil Hospital, Forres.

Brave soles are encouraged to snap up a spot ahead of the event on October 22 at Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum, after it was switched from earlier this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Michael Jamieson, Erskine community fundraiser, has first-hand experience of the event, billed as The Hottest Challenge of the Year, after braving previous firewalks.

He said: “The veterans are the inspiration. They have shown indescribable levels of bravery throughout their lives defending us all.

“The pandemic has been a difficult period for all the veterans so the least that we can do is to show our appreciation for their incredible service through continued fundraising efforts which go a long way to supporting everyone in Erskine’s care.

“Walking across fire is definitely our most extreme challenge yet – but trust me, if I can do it, anybody can. It might seem scary, but I can honestly say it is one of the most exhilarating things you will ever experience, and all for a fantastic cause.

“You have to embrace the fear of the unknown and after the first step there is no going back. Just don’t make the same mistake as me and think you can stop to pose for pictures!”

Participants will undergo an hour of motivational speaking prior to braving the coals, while the Covid-safe event will take place outdoors and adhere to all social-distancing regulations.

Registration is open, priced at £10, with a minimum sponsorship target of £100 per participant.

For further information or to book a spot, contact Michael Jamieson on 07825 094 173.

You can support Erskine here: https://www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/donate/

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