Fife Council Present Cheque for over £6000 to Royal Blind


Press Release | 06/02/2014

Scottish charity Royal Blind received a major boost from Fife Council employees yesterday, during a special cheque presentation ceremony with recently elected MSP Alex Rowley.

Royal Blind representatives were presented with a cheque for the huge sum of £6,335.05, raised from the very special ‘Walk 500 Miles for Alec’ event which was organised entirely by Fife Council staff.

The incredible fundraising event was a sponsored walk around Lochore Meadows, with over 100 attendees taking part to walk a total of 500 miles.  The walk was held in memory of Alec Thorburn, a Fife Council Education Service employee, who was tragically killed in a kayaking accident in May 2013.  His colleagues were devastated by the loss, and as Alec was an active fundraiser, they decided to organise an event in his honour.

Alec’s fiancée Mary Ann Low is one of Scotland’s most successful ever Paralympic swimmers and a former member of the Great Britain Swim Team.  She was asked to nominate a charity to benefit from the event, and she chose Royal Blind as she is a former pupil of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

Gemma Gillespie, Fundraising Officer for Royal Blind, collected the cheque and said:

 “Royal Blind was incredibly honoured to be chosen as the charity of this amazing event, and we are delighted to be have received a cheque for such a huge amount of money.

 “All of the funds raised will make a huge difference to the lives of the visually impaired and disabled people Royal Blind supports throughout the country, and we are so grateful for this fantastic support.”

For more information about the event visit, and if you would be interested in organising your own fundriasing event for Royal Blind, contact our events team on 0131 229 1456 or email