Skye-based charity is one of many to benefit from Highland Cross

Skye-based Lucky2BHere are among the charities to benefit from over £220,000 raised through this year’s Highland Cross.

At a presentation in Inverness recently organisers of the annual biathlon donated a total of £226,086 to charities, with Lucky2BHere receiving £35,000. The money will be used to purchase defibrillators and other equipment for com­munities across the Highlands.

The other donations were: to Cantraybridge College, a 4×4 minibus and trailer to support their community projects and social enterprise work; a refrigerated catering vehicle for the Calman Trust to train young people towards employment opportunities; a people carrier for CCAST, which will enable them to extend their housing support and community work in Ross-shire and into Sutherland; £40,000 for Dingwall’s Puffin Pool towards the provision of a wood burning heating system to improve its long-term financial and environmental sustainability; and to Seaforth House, Maryburgh, the same amount, also for a wood burning heating system.

In addition, smaller grants will be distributed to charities across the Highlands throughout December.
John Fraser, treasurer of Highland Cross, said: “Once again the competitors have worked hard to raise the excellent figure of £226,086 from Highland Cross 2013. This is the third year in a row that the sum raised has exceeded £225,000, and brings the total raised over the 31 years of Highland Cross to over £3,600,000.

“Since the start of Highland Cross in 1983, the charity’s philosophy has been to ensure that every penny of sponsorship funds raised goes to Highland charities. We believe that sponsors, helpers, competitors and everyone associ­ated with the event appreciate this when fundraising for Highland Cross.”

Calum Munro, organising secret­ary and co-founder of Highland Cross, added: “Highland Cross exists to raise money for medical and social causes in the North of Scotland and with the continued efforts of the fantastic community of sponsors, volunteers and supportive organisations that creates the Highland Cross we look forward to supporting yet more hard-working causes in 2014.

“We receive great support from the local community in Kintail including the local common grazings committee and Loch Duich Primary School, who run a breakfast bar. The event wouldn’t happen without the support of them and the participants — ground-level support is crucial.”

Next year’s Highland Cross, the 32nd, takes place on Saturday 21st June and entries are now closed due to over-subscription.

Pictured above are Luck2BHere’s Ross Cowie with John Cheadle and Billy Shanks of the Highland Cross.