Walk raises cash for local charities

Gordon Cowie hands over a cheque for �750 to Elma Hay, manager of the British Red Cross shop in Ellon.
Gordon Cowie hands over a cheque for �750 to Elma Hay, manager of the British Red Cross shop in Ellon.
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An Ellon charity has benefited from a 138-mile coast to coast walk undertaken by two Aberdeenshire men.

Gordon Cowie, 57, has donated £750 to the local branch of the British Red Cross from the trek from Oban to Montrose.

Gordon McRobbie  and Gordon Cowie stopped off at the Forfar branch of the British Red Cross during their trek.

Gordon McRobbie and Gordon Cowie stopped off at the Forfar branch of the British Red Cross during their trek.

Mr Cowie, was accompanied on the walk by Gordon McRobbie, 56, and local charities are the beneficiaries of the Fraserburgh men’s efforts.

Mr Cowie, who works in Ellon, is a frequent visitor to the local Red Cross branch.

He said: “I have worked in Ellon for the last two years and being a regular visitor to the shop with donations, I have built up a good rapport with the staff.

“I decided to raise funds for their local causes and have donated £750.”

Both men found the walk during September tough going but were glad they had completed it.

They started at Oban harbour and walked directly to Montrose, finishing at the harbour.

Mr Cowie said they visited parts of Scotland they had never seen and the scenery was awesome.

Audrey Gartly, assistant manager at the Ellon Red Cross shop, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive this donation.

“We were very impressed with their efforts and the money raised will be used locally.”

Mr Cowie also donated to bowel-prostate cancer charities from the walk.

Hi s companion on the trek chose Epilepsy Sucks UK - a charity that provides special pillows for people who suffer from epilepsy.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a constant worry for people who have night seizures and the pillows reduce the risk of suffocation.

Mr McRobbie’s daughter received one of the pillows and wanted to ensure other parents and sufferers could also benefit from the peace of mind they bring.