Dancers warm up for fundraising Highland hike

Some of the dancers who are taking on the Highland hike kilt walk.
Some of the dancers who are taking on the Highland hike.

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Several young dancers are warming up to take on a Highland hike fundraiser.

Inspired by the national Kiltwalk charity, the seven- and eight-year-old Highland dancers will walk five kilometres in their kilts to boost the campaign to purchase a piece of inclusive play equipment at Jock’s Adventure Playground.

Campbeltown mum-of-two Iona MacLean kickstarted the project to buy a swing-set with an adapted seat with straps on one side and a wheelchair accessible swing on the other in April.

It is to be installed in a vacant area at the council-owned playpark, which currently has just one wheelchair accessible item.

Iona was inspired by her own experiences when taking her children, seven-year-old Esmie and four-year-old Lyle, who has autism, to playparks in Campbeltown and surrounding villages, and noticing the lack of equipment for children with less ability.

Councillor Donald Kelly secured a pledge of £10,000 from wind energy company ScottishPower Renewables, dependent on the community being able to raise the balance for the £25,000 equipment.

The campaign to raise the remaining £15,000 has just hit the £5,000 mark. While this is an incredible amount, the dancers – including Iona’s daughter Esmie – are hoping to add to the fund to help raise the remaining with £10,000.

At 2.30pm on Sunday June 13, they will set off from Aqualibrium to complete a 5K route across Campbeltown.

They expect to reach the finish line at the Lorne and Lowland Church car park at about 3.45pm, where they will dance a Highland fling to end their inspiring efforts.

The girls’ parents say they would love any beeps, waves and cheers to support them on their route, and people are welcome to meet them at the finish line to watch them dance.

All the dancers have their own sponsor sheets, but donations can also be made via the campaign’s online fundraising page at gofundme.com/f/inclusive-swing-for-campbeltown-playpark

Iona thanked everyone who has supported the campaign so far, as well as The Highland Dancer, a Highland dancing clothing brand which has organised a raffle with a £50 prize in support of the campaign.