Staff at the Glen Clova Hotel are this week going the extra miles to raise money for Sport Relief - 500 of them, to be precise.
The national fund-raising campaign begins on Friday and continues over the weekend, but the hotel staff began their marathon walk two weeks ago.
Suggested by Lesley McArthur, one of the management team, 10 full and part-time staff members are recording the distance they walk with pedometers every day in the course of their work and are hoping to collectively hit the 500-mile target by the end of Sunday.
So far they have covered more than 200 miles and Lesley said there will be an extra push on this week to complete the distance, which they are completing in return for donations from the hotel’s guests and customers.
There is an added incentive too, as the person who walks the furthest will win a £30 cinema voucher from the hotel’s management.
Lesley said: “Sport Relief’s slogan this year is ‘run, cycle and swim’ but as we can’t we thought we’d do or own thing for it.
“All the staff on shift pick up the pedometers when they come in and collectively we’re trying to ‘walk 500 miles’ - although we’re not singing as we’re doing it!
“Each member of staff has to walk 50 miles over the time but we’re definitely doing a hard push at it this week; we still have a bit to do but should manage it, although we might have to pull in some other staff.”
She added that they have no problem covering the ground in the course of their normal duties, with some members walking 10 miles per day, and that it has led to some friendly rivalry between colleagues.
Lesley continued: “If they’re working a ten-hour shift, which on a Saturday is easy to do, they can be walking eight to ten miles and one, who is six months pregnant, walked five-and-a-half miles, which is fairly considerable.
“They’re all getting into it and has led to some competition, which isn’t a bad thing, and it’s good fun.
“I suspect we won’t make a huge amount of money, but it all helps and I think some tips will be contributed over the weekend too.”