Charity walkers beat fund-raising target

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A group of friends from Don and Low has raised an incredible £1,611.44 so far in aid of MND Scotland after a Ben Nevis climb.

Over 30 people took part in the walk, which was in support of their former colleague and friend Andy Lennon who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year.

Andy worked for Don and Low for 38 years and is well known to both customers and suppliers, particularly those connected to the Nonwovens Division where Andy was the plant electrician since the division was first set up in 1988.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We wanted to do something as a way of showing our support and to raise funds for a fantastic charity that does so much to help people who have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.”

Runner Joe Welsh, who was also part of the Don and Low group of walkers, held his own charity challenge the week before the walk when he and his cousin, Gus Welsh, raced around Forfar Loch. Joe ran round the Loch 10 times while Gus cycled it 20 times.

Joe said: “We completed it but I was very sore afterwards! The bike just beat me and I finished with the time of three hours and 35 minutes.

“I think I’ve raised £160 from it.”

Speaking about the walk up Ben Nevis, which took place on Saturday, Joe continued: “It was really good. Only one person had to turn back after they fell and hurt their knee so we all thought it was best they didn’t go on.

“But there were 32 of us who managed to walk up and down the mountain. The weather was good for us as well. It started off cool as it was raining but it brightened up as the day went on.”

Joe added: “The best bit was coming down the mountain and Andy and his family were there to welcome us with bridies, beer and rolls for everyone. And they joined us for a meal at the Alexandria Hotel in Fort William at night too.”

While the full amount the group has raised is not yet known, they have been thrilled with the response so far. A company who wished to remain anonymous donated £500 while a group they met on the day did a “whip round” to donate £110 on the spot.

MND Scotland is a national charity which aims to help those affected by Motor Neurone Disease and research the condition.

The disease itself is the name given to a group of similar illnesses.

These illnesses all cause damage to motor neurones, the nerves that control the muscles.

As such, a common early sign of the disease is increasing muscle weakness, however, the nature of the condition means it will affect people in different ways.

The group has surpassed its target of £1,500 but you can still donate to this worthwhile cause at before the end of the month.