Kiltwalkers raise phenomenal total for Leanne Fund

The Leanne Ladies from Lewis walked the walk last weekend.

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Five ladies from the Isle of Lewis stepped out on last weekend’s Kiltwalk to raise funds for The Leanne Fund.

Teams from Aberdeen, Inverness and Mullingar also walked for the charity which was set up in 2019 in memory of Leanne Mitchell who passed away due to Cystic Fibrosis in 2009 at the age of 21.

An incredible total of £9,500 has so far been raised by the teams taking part in the Kiltwalk.

The Leanne Ladies team of Chrisetta Mitchell, Jimina Macleod, Chrisell Macleod, Mina Nicolson and Donna Barden hit roads around Stornoway, heading out to Tiumpan Head lighthouse and finishing at the Leanne Fund office.

In Aberdeen, the Brave Brooke team took on the challenge to fundraise for The Leanne Fund which has supported nine-year-old Brooke who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth.

Kerry Holland in Inverness walked 18 miles in memory of her brother Kyle Robertson while Mags MacLeod, Hazel Inglis, Stephaine Paterson and Joan MacLeod also donned their kilts in their hometown to be part of the virtual event.

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: ‘The restrictions over the past 12 months have impacted heavily on our fundraising and donations and we are so grateful to all our amazing virtual Kiltwalkers for taking on their own personal challenge to raise vital funds.

‘All the money raised through the virtual Kiltwalk last weekend is being generously supported by a further 50 per cent top-up by Sir Tom Hunter of The Hunter Foundation with the result we can help more people affected by Cystic Fibrosis to access the support they need whenever they need it.’

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most fundraising events for The Leanne Fund have been cancelled over the last two years so alternative fundraising ideas remain key to maintaining services to Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families across the Highlands, Islands, Grampian and Tayside areas.