‘Fifty in Fife’ – walking 50 miles in one day along the Fife Coastal Path and getting friends and family to join in – with the aim of walking a total of 500 person-miles (and raising money for War Child and a small Scottish charity called 500 miles). On the day, myself and two friends walked 50 miles, 37 other people joined in and walked, ran and even sailed over 800 miles in total. We started at the Tay Bridge at 4am and finished in Lower Largo at 11pm – no blisters!!
How much did you raise:
So far we have raised about £1,750 for each charity. When gift aid is included it is a total of over £4000. We raised money through sponsorship, coffee mornings, a wine tasting event, a raffle and a car boot sale.
What motivated you to do this challenge?:
I celebrated my 50th birthday last December and wanted to set myself a physical and fundraising challenge to mark the occasion. I wanted to do something local (and cheap – so that all the money raised would go directly to the charities) and which was easy for friends and family to join in. I chose Fife because it’s a beautiful part of Scotland, which was an added attraction for everyone taking part.
Why did you choose to raise money for War Child?:
My friend Wayne Bleier (our Programmes Director) works for War Child and he told me a lot about his work. I was really impressed with how War Child works in difficult and dangerous areas to improve the lives of children in countries affected by war.