Walk 500 Miles for Royal Blind This Weekend And Make A Real Difference


Press Release | 17/09/2013

An incredible fundraising event is taking place this weekend in Fife’s stunning Lochore Meadows, organised by a team of Fife Council employees in memory of their much-loved colleague Alec Thorburn and in aid of Scottish charity Royal Blind.

 ‘Let’s Walk 500 Miles for Alec’ is a sponsored walk around Lochore Meadows happening this Saturday 21st September, with over 100 attendees taking part to walk a total of 500 miles, and the event’s organisers are looking for more people across Fife to get involved.

 This special event is being held in memory of Alec Thorburn, a Fife Council Education Service employee, who was tragically killed in a kayaking accident in May.  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 workmate Marie Howie had the idea after hearing the Proclaimers song ‘500 Miles’, and along with Alec’s other colleagues Wendy Penman and Linda Ferris, formed a committee to organise the event, which has required a huge amount of work and time.

 Marie said:

 "Alec was humble, caring, exceptionally talented and a very special man.  We all still miss him. He would be surprised, touched and probably a bit embarrassed about what we are organising, making him the focus, but he would be supportive and very grateful, as Royal Blind is such a fantastic cause."

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

 Davina Shiell, Royal Blind’s Fundraising Manager, said:

 “We are honoured to be the chosen charity for this incredible event.  The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of the blind and visually impaired people Royal Blind supports throughout the country, and we are so delighted to be involved.”

 As well as the walk there will be a wide range of other activities on the day, including a tombola and raffle, being run by staff from Auchterderran Café. The main prize is two tickets for a Proclaimers concert at the new Glasgow Hydro, and The Proclaimers themselves have given approval to use their song title for the event, and have donated a signed CD.

 Registration on the day will begin at 12.30pm, and the walk will start at 1.30pm.  Refreshments will be proved throughout the day by Fife Council’s catering service.

Councillor Alex Rowley, Leader of Fife Council, will be attending the event along with other local councillors, and said:

 “It is a great honour for me to be joining Fife Council staff on this walk in memory of Alec and I am delighted the money being raised will go to Royal Blind to support their great work for people across Fife and Scotland. I am told it will be a great day out and I know that walks around the country park are very enjoyable, so I hope many more people will join us”.

It is sure to be a fantastic day out for the whole family so don’t miss out.  If you would like to take part in the walk, please contact jo-anna.fraser@fife.gov.uk or 03451 555555 (extension 494071) to register – people of all ages are welcome! 

 You can also support the event by donating online, or by texting THOR49 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

 For more information about the event visit www.facebook.com/letswalk500miles.