Funding boost for Caol-based cardio exercise group

HEARTSMART WALK Walkers step out on their 8 mile walk to raise money to buy equipment for the Heartsmart group. Photograph Iain Ferguson,

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Funds of HeartSmart Lochaber, the Caol-based support group for people with a heart condition, have been boosted by £1,000 raised by an eight-mile sponsored walk along the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the weekend.

Group members, family, friends and Bunty, a four-year-old Border Terrier, met at Neptune’s Staircase, Banavie, on Saturday, before stepping out on the challenging hike. After their arduous exercise, the group gathered for refreshments in the Moorings Hotel.

Group chairman Sammy Cameron said: ‘We were fortunate with the good break in the weather that made for an enjoyable walk. The sponsor money will be used to buy new exercise equipment including aerobic stepper cardio fitness stepping board platforms and risers.’

Mr Cameron added: ‘Thanks go to everyone who sponsored us, members, and their families and friends, particularly seven-year-olds Maisie and Katie who completed the eight-mile course effortlessly. Special thanks must go to Ceri Ewing for all the time and effort she put in to organising the event. It was a huge success.’

HeartSmart Lochaber was founded by the late Dr Gavin Brown in 1993. It meets every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Caol Community Centre. New members can be sure of a warm and ‘hearty’  welcome.



Walkers step out on their eight-mile walk to raise money to buy equipment for HeartSmart. Photograph Iain Ferguson,