Seil friends ‘Abba’ good go at fundraising

Abbathon runners Rachel Smith and friends on Seil.

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Abba fan Rachel Smith and friends have raised hundreds of pounds for a ground breaking mental health and animal welfare project in Uganda.

The pals put on their Abba best to run from Balvicar Stores to Clachan Bridge and back on Sunday and have so far raised more than £400 for the Comfort Dog Project and Big Fix Hospital in Northern Uganda.

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Rachel Smith and her pet dogs ready for Sunday’s Abbathon.

The project pairs war trauma survivors – very often children – with dogs to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rachel, who is planning more fundraising for the cause, said: ‘I’m totally chuffed with how much we’ve managed to raise so far.

‘It’s a forgotten little corner of the world but there is so much suffering there. It’s also where I was born so it means a lot to me.’

‘In the project the humans are the guardians and the dogs are the comforters, it’s all about respect and unconditional love,’ she added.

The charity has been carrying out research with a view to rolling the project out to other countries.