Inspired to race to raise money

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A LECTURER from Rothienorman has been inspired to take part in a karting race in support of a local charity. Laraine Thomson, who lectures in Hospitality at Banff and Buchan College, will drive in the Precision Tools Karting Grand Prix on Saturday, June 9 in support of the disability charity, Inspire.

The event, which is part of Grampian Country Fair will take place at Lochter Activity Centre.

The main event will be held in the grounds of Fyvie Castle. Grampian Country Fair is the only country fair of its type in Scotland, with members of the public joining Inspire staff and ITV’s Emmerdale celebrities for a fantastic day of outdoor events, glitz and glamour in stunning outdoor surroundings, with activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Speaking about the Karting Grand Prix, Laraine said: “I am delighted to take part in this event in support of Inspire. I am currently involved with Inspire’s Café Academy hospitality training programme, an innovative scheme which offers work-focussed training within the customer service and hospitality industries for unemployed individuals who have a support need. We have raised over £1000 for Inspire through sponsorship for the event so far and are still keen to raise more!”

Fiona Poustie, Head of Business Development and Communications at Inspire, continued:”It is great to have Laraine on board. Café Academy is a fantastic training scheme for the people we support and hugely appreciate Banff and Buchan College’s ongoing support to this programme. Best of luck from all at Inspire!”

All proceeds from the fair will go to Inspire who enable empowerment to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in North East Scotland. 

For further information about Grampian Country Fair and for full details of events and activities, to buy tickets or take part, visit, call (01224) 280005 or email