Raising funds on foot for cystic fibrosis

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MORE than £3,000 has been raised by the weekend’s Leanne Fund 5k challenge event held in Point.

Around 250 people ran, jogged or walked their way round the course. Now an annual event, the 5k challenge is the highlight of the year for the charity which was set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell, a young Garrabost cystic fibrosis sufferer. The charity in her name provides funding for special treats for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in the Highlands and Western Isles.

Speaking afterwards, Leanne’s mother, Chrisetta told the Gazette: “It’s a great community event and a brilliant opportunity for people to get active with their families and raise money for a worthwhile cause.

“The event brings together a huge number of entrants of all ages with varying levels of fitness - from serious runners to those who just want a leisurely walk round with their dog or pushchair.

“This year we also had two young ladies run it three-legged and also welcomed a huge contingent from the Eilean Siar Muay Thai club.”

She added: “The Leanne Fund are delighted with the tremendous support from the local community and would like to thank everyone who took part on Saturday or who contributed in any way to make the day such a success.

“By taking part in Leanne’s walk/run you are making a difference in the lives of young people with Cystic Fibrosis.”