Walkers’ cheque presented to Arbroath lifeboat

The Smokie group who walked the West Highland Way presented their cheque at Arbroath lifeboat shed on Tuesday evening. their efforts raised �4212. The cheque was handed over by Darlene McLeod to Tommy Yule coawain and Maureen Fulton ladies lifeboat guild.
The Smokie group who walked the West Highland Way presented their cheque at Arbroath lifeboat shed on Tuesday evening. their efforts raised �4212. The cheque was handed over by Darlene McLeod to Tommy Yule coawain and Maureen Fulton ladies lifeboat guild.

A GROUP of intrepid Arbroath walkers completed a sponsored walk recently to raise money for a good cause.

The 10 friends, Jill Milne, Ray Nicoll, Jennifer Burns, Kev Burns, Irene Wright, Vivien Cameron Smith, Eddie Lowson, Julie Lowson, Iain Mcleod and Darlene Mcleod walked the entirety of the West Highland Way’s 100 miles for the RNLI.

On Tuesday night, the group presented the cheque for £4,214 to members of the RNLI at the Arbroath station.

The sponsored walk came after some of the group bagged Ben Nevis and felt the need to attempt another feat, but this time for charity.

As Darlene Mcleod is a member of the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild, it was decided to donate the money to them.

Darlene said: “The rain and the long distances every day were the worst part, but the stunning scenery, the company and the sense of achievement more than made up for that.

“We were quite emotional when we finished!”

The group travelled around 20 miles a day, and faced hail, thunder and lightning, and torrential rain for three of the five days.

The West Highland Way runs from Milngavie to Fort William and uses drove roads, military roads and disused rail tracks.

It also crosses the Highland boundary fault zone.

Darlene says the group are considering another challenge now that they have had a chance to give their feet a rest.

She added: “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us and helped us raise our fantastic total.”