Shipwrecked walkers support local charities

Neil Shelton presents the cheque to Jill Jamieson. Also pictured in the Alzheimer Scotland, South Aberdeenshire Services Thursday Day group along with Mr Shepherd and Mr Stephen who help organise the sponsored walk.
Neil Shelton presents the cheque to Jill Jamieson. Also pictured in the Alzheimer Scotland, South Aberdeenshire Services Thursday Day group along with Mr Shepherd and Mr Stephen who help organise the sponsored walk.

A sponsored walk which is now in it’s sixth year has given a boost to two local charities.

The “shipwrecked” walk which begins in the Ship Hotel, Johnshaven, takes walkers on a 12 mile route to Inverbervie, via Gourdon and back, took place last July for the fifth consecutive year.

Over fifty walkers took part in the event and raised £3,812 which was split between two charities;

Riley’s First Steps which received £1582 and Alzheimer South Aberdeenshire Services which received £2,030 from the walk and a further £200 was donated to the charity by the Ship Hotel, Johnshaven.

The event is organised by Les Shephard, Neil Shelton and Kenny Stephen.

Neil Shelton explained that the walk was a real community event and praised the Ship Hotel in Johnshaven for it’s support along with the Queen’s in Inverbervie and the Harbour bar in Gourdon.

He said the walk is always a lot of fun and another walk will take place this year and anyone interested in taking part should contact the Ship Hotel in Johnshaven. Children and dogs are all welcome on the walk.

The organisers presented a cheque to Alzheimer South Aberdeenshire Service’s this week. Support worker, Jill Jamieson thanked the sponsored walk for the support.

She said: “For a number of years now the sponsored walk has donated money to us and it is very good of them. The money allows us to go on outings, hold events and do various activities.”

She also praised the Ship hotel which supports the walk. She said: “This place (the ship hotel) is brilliant with us they are so generous.”

The other charity which has benefited from the walk is Riley’s first steps which is raising money for local boy, Riley Murray - who suffers from Cerebral Palsy- so that he can go to the US to have an operation which will allow him to walk.