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Forres mum to kayak 60 miles on Loch Ness for Christian charity Blythswood Care

By Garry McCartney

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Ami getting a feel for her kayaking equipment at Findhorn Bay.
Ami getting a feel for her kayaking equipment at Findhorn Bay.

A FORRES mum is paddling 60 miles up Loch Ness to raise funds for a Christian charity.

Ami Dundas (43), of Balnageith has decided to leave her comfort zone for a kayak on behalf of Blythswood Care, a mission to transforms lives through education, community action and gospel activities.

Ami – wife to offshore worker Graeme and mum to eight-year-old Rueben – will be on the water for five days travelling from Fort William to Inverness, plus wild camping, despite never having kayaked before.

She said: “I’m running 10ks and doing upper body workouts as training. I’ll be kayaking for around six hours per day from June 10-14.”

Ami will be joined by friend Thomas.
Ami will be joined by friend Thomas.

Ami will be joined by friend of 25 years, Thomas Hughes from Pittenweem, Fife.

She said: “After a hard year during the pandemic, we decided to take on an active challenge.

“We will be re-connecting, laughing, praying and pushing each other on while experiencing Scotland from a new perspective.

“The scenery will be stunning!”

Ami appreciates her home comforts so is not looking forward to losing sleep in the great outdoors.

“I’ll solider on,” she said. “I want to enjoy this experience with all its ups and downs, though I’m praying for decent weather!”

Blythswood Care fundraising manager, Elma MacKay, is thrilled Ami is taking on the challenge. She said: “We support people facing poverty, rejection and isolation and we rely on fundraising to support our projects.

“To see Ami challenging herself to help others is so inspiring.”

Ami and other mums from Rueben’s school collect shoeboxes for the charity.

Ami said: “It’s important to support charities that are doing incredible work. One of my favourite bible quotes is ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’, Acts 20:35.”

To support Ami, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmiDundas1

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