Youth group take on Dirty Dozen

Five young people from the Lochalsh Youth Cafe, accompanied by youth worker Krissy Monaghan, were in training last week as they gear up for the Lochalsh Dirty Dozen on Saturday 14th June.

Alison MacRae and her friend Finlay Burstow will be running to raise funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, whereas Ella Meekham, Sean Grant, Robyn Butler and Krissy will be running for the Lochalsh Youth Community Trust. Also pictured is David Ashford, the trust company secretary.

The main purposes of the trust are to provide organised recreational facilities, opportunities for improving citizenship, and educational motivation to encourage better appreciation of the community’s culture, heritage and natural environment.

Founded in 2004, the Kyle-based youth cafe has become a valued base for young people to meet friends in safe surrounds when away from home or school. Sessions are held on term-time Fridays for P7s to S2s between 5.30pm and 7pm and for S2s-plus, between 7pm and 9.30pm.

Since March this year, rigorous training for the Dirty Dozen has dominated some sessions. This has included use of gym equipment in the Lochalsh Leisure Centre and running across the Skye Bridge in all weathers. Readers can support this initiative by logging on to and donating whatever they can on the donations page. Alternatively drop in to Haircraft in Main Street, Kyle or the Co-op and leave a donation there.