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Findhorn's Fiona Thompson to complete 120 mile sponsored walk in aid of Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation


By Garry McCartney

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Fiona Thomson. Pictures: M Mackenzie
Fiona Thomson. Pictures: M Mackenzie

A FINDHORN resident whose boots are made for walking is going to cover 120 miles over 12 days for charity.

Fiona Thomson will raise funds for Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (MIRO) by competing a sponsored walk of the Speyside Way.

She said: “I regularly see the rescue boat heading out of Findhorn Bay in emergency call outs. It’s reassuring to know that these dedicated volunteers are on hand to assist

our emergency services in saving lives.

“Fundraising opportunities have been significantly reduced due to the pandemic, while the demand on MIRO’s services has increased due to the number of locals and visitors in our lovely area. I’m keen to contribute to MIRO’s fundraising efforts, so I’m going to be walking both ways. With my level of mobility and fitness, it’ll be a real challenge for me!”

The Speyside Way runs from Buckie, south-west to Aviemore, generally following the valley of the River Spey with a 15-mile spur to Tomintoul. It is part of the Moray Way, linking in with the Dava Way, and is one of four official long-distance routes in Scotland.

Store owner Richard Cross, and MIRO chairman, John Low.
Store owner Richard Cross, and MIRO chairman, John Low.

MIRO chairman John Low is grateful to Fiona for raising funds and to Richard Cross at Findhorn Village Store for providing a location where anyone can fill in her sponsorship form.

He said: “Last summer we responded to a record number of call outs, and our fuel costs increased significantly. Funds raised will help us maintain our capacity to respond to emergency call outs.”

Findhorn Village Store owner Richard Cross, believes MIRO is a charity close to the hearts of the residents.

He said: “MIRO’s volunteers receive no payment – all the money collected is used to help deliver their service.”

To donate online, go to www.morayinshorerescue.org and click on “please donate”.


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