Pair put skills to good use to raise more than £1,000 for charities

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The summer solstice weekend saw two of Lochaber’s newest outdoor adventure entrepreneurs putting their skills to good use and raising money for two charities.

Logan Barker, from Fort William, and Dean Hutchinson, originally from Northern Ireland but now also living in Fort William, are the brains behind L and D Adventures and the intrepid duo organised a fantastic event along the Caledonian Canal, at Banavie, to fundraise for local mental health and well-being charities, Ewen’s Room and Lochaber Hope.

Doubling up as a productive way to launch their new adventure sports business, Logan and Dean spent from 9am- 9pm all weekend renting paddleboards and canoes out on the canal, with all proceeds going to their chosen charities.

They also took part in an impressive relay challenge along the canal, including cycling, paddle boarding, canoeing and running for 12 hours each day – not to mention a raffle full of prices generously donated by local businesses.

‘We at L and D Adventures are very happy to say the weekend was a great success, having completed 198km and raising more than £1,000 for Lochaber Hope and Ewen’s Room,’ Logan told the Lochaber Times.

‘We are very grateful for all the support shown through those who turned up on the day, donated money and the local businesses who provided prizes for our raffle.

‘Getting involved with the community is at the core of L and D Adventure’s ethos and we are honoured and grateful to be able to do so right from the get go. Ewen’s Room and Lochaber Hope have provided us with support and opportunities throughout the process of building our business and we are super happy we have had the chance to put our expertise to good use and help raise money and awareness for the two outstanding charities.’

Becky Drinkwater, from Ewen’s Room, commented: ”We really appreciate Logan and Dean’s support; it has been a pleasure working with them both.

‘It was so lovely to see so many local businesses and people within our community come
together to support them, and to help raised much needed funds towards our work. Thank you L and D adventures, and best of luck with your new business venture.’

Lochaber Hope’s Vicky Kelly added: ‘Lochaber Hope is sincerely grateful to Dean, Logan and everyone who supported their superb fundraising event.

‘It was also wonderful to see everyone enjoying our fabulous outdoors and many trying water activities for the first time. Well done Logan and Dean and good luck from us all on your new venture.’

L and D Adventures will be based on the Caledonian Canal, at the top of Neptune’s staircase, every Saturday, so if you’re looking to get on the water give them a shout. And if you would still like to donate to the two charities the guys were raising money for, you can find their Just Giving page at the following address:



Logan Barker, left, and Dean Hutchison, put their summer solstice weekend to good use for the two local charities.

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