Cairngorm to Coast 2018 took place on a glorious, sunshine-filled day – quite the contrast to C2C’17’s torrential rain!
This annual event, now in its fourth year and previously run for the RAF Benevolent Fund, is organised to raise funds for local youth charity, Outfit Moray, who provide outdoor learning and adventure activities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Moray. The only charity of their type in Moray, Outfit Moray is heavily relied upon by local groups and schools and so fundraising is vital to make sure they are able to continue their work.
Twenty-six energised participants eagerly set off from the Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark and headed through Glenmore Forest to Nethy Bridge and on to Grantown-on-Spey. Some hung up their boots there, having completed a 30km trek, but others got on their bikes and pedaled along the Dava Way to Forres, before picking up a local SUSTRANS route to Lossiemouth.
Fundraiser, Karen Cox, said, “Thanks to the generous support of our main sponsors, Windswept Brewing Co, THALES UK, Springfield Properties and Arnold Clark Car and Van Hire, plus the amazing fundraising efforts by our participants, Cairngorm to Coast 2018 raised £7,568 for Outfit Moray.
Tony Brown, CEO said: “We are delighted with the total raised in our first year running Cairngorm to Coast and we will make sure these monies are spent providing life-changing outdoor adventure activities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Moray.” “Plans are already well underway for C2C’19 and we would be very keen to talk to any local companies who would be interested in becoming the main sponsor for the event.”
Tony finished by saying, “I would like to pass on my personal thanks to all our sponsors, participants and hard-working volunteers for making our first year so successful and I hope to see many of them again next year.”