Midsummer Madness raises funds for Afghanistan

Stuart at the summit of Beinn Mhor, South Uist.
Stuart at the summit of Beinn Mhor, South Uist.

A Lewis runner was carried away by Midsummer Madness last weekend in aid of a local charity.

Stuart Simpson, a former team GB canoeist, ran up and down the highest point on every inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides on Saturday, June 21st, raising funds for The Linda Norgrove Foundation.

Starting with Theiseabhal on Vatersay and ending with Mealaisbhal on Lewis, Stuart conquered all 13 islands in less than 24 hours, covering the 20 miles of hill running and 10,500 feet of climbing in eight hours and 28 minutes.

Stuart, 44, who works for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway, has so far raised over £750 for the The Linda Norgrove Foundation. He said: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported me with my challenge and donated to this very worthy cause.”

Established in 2010 after Linda Norgrove, an aid worker from Uig working in Afghanistan, was kidnapped and died in a failed rescue attempt the Foundation has distributed over half a million pounds to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan. It has funded almost 50 grass roots projects, including orphanages which care for some of the country’s most disadvantaged disabled children, homes for widows, education for girls and emergency medical help for women who have been severely abused.

There is still time to sponsor Stuart by donating to his Virgin money giving page.