Mission for Millie

Newtonhill lad Scott MacGregor got together with his friends for a weekend away this month for a slightly different adventure than usual.

The team of four, which compromised of Scott MacGregor, David Fyvie, Ben Mair and Sean Mcmillan, travelled down to Drumlanrig Estate on 14 July to endure what is dubbed “the toughest event on the planet”.

The team completed the notorious 12 mile “Tough Mudder” obstacle course with mud swamps, ice pools, electric fences, burning bales of straw, underwater tunnels and around 20 other obstacles to tackle.

The challenge holds an overall understanding of camaraderie and the team took this on board by helping each other out continuously through the rough and challenging course, as well as celebrating together afterwards.

The course is designed by ex-army officials to test stamina, grit and strength. Its not a race and no results are published - it’s more of a personal challenge for participants to see how far they can push their bodies as well as the option to raise money for charity.

The Tough Mudder tours around the world raising millions of pounds for charity and the challenge has been known to leave grown men in tears. However, this group of lads battled their way through knowing they were putting themselves through the pain for four good causes.

Former Portlethen Academy pupil, Scott MacGregor, was raising money for The Archie Foundation after he saw the great care family member Millie received from the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. Millie has a rare condition known as West Syndrome, which is a developmentally damaging epileptic disorder in infants.

The Archie Foundation, which is the official charity of child health in the North of Scotland supports the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, the children’s wards in Inverness and Elgin and also children’s projects in the Islands.

The 23 year-old has almost reached his target of £500, which will be administered through the Grampian Police Diced Cap Charitable Fund. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Scott-MacGregor.

The other three team members who made up the famous four, Ben, Sean and David were raising money for Cash for Kids, Help for Heroes and Child Reach.