Ellon group cash in on Deeside hillwalk

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An Ellon businesswoman and her staff have raised more than £1000 for a local group.

Tracy Gibb, owner of sandwich takeaway and coffee bar Delicious, and her team of five - including her mum and sister - took part in a sponsored walk on Lochnagar and Loch Muick.

Tracy Gibb, with daughter Emily, and the staff at Delicious who took part in the sponsored walk

Tracy Gibb, with daughter Emily, and the staff at Delicious who took part in the sponsored walk

They were boosting the funds of Mums the Word, run by the Inverythan Centre which caters for anyone in the Ellon and surrounding area experiencing mental health issues.

The group was formed for local women suffering from postnatal depression and currently needs funds for creche facilities.

Tracy, 37, decided to organise the Deeside fundraiser to help. She has a daughter Emily, 2, and suffered from postnatal depression and wanted to help other local mothers experiencing the condition.

She told the Times: “We were all just helping each other on the walk and once we got to the top it was fine.

We have done it for a good cause as well and we have raised quite a bit of money

Tracy Gibb Fundraiser

“It took us eight hours and we covered about 15 miles.

“It was quite tough and there was still quite a lot snow around even at this time of year.”

Tracy explained that they did consider turning back at one stage but they had covered around six miles and decided to continue.

She said: “I’m very proud of everybody. Although we have done some walking, none of us had done a Munro and it’s something my mum has always wanted to do.

“We have done it for a good cause as well and we have raised quite a bit of money. It was an experience that’s for sure.”

Tracy has thanked everyone who supported the effort.

She said: “I’m really grateful to everyone who has sponsored us. We have raised around £1040 which is fantastic because we were hoping for about £500.”

Tracy was accompanied by mum Liz, sister Vicky, Helen Strachan, Marie Kelman and Laura Mess.