Outer Hebrides Charity Challenge

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Thirteen year old Lauren Liversidge is doing her bit for charity when she set off on the ‘Across Scotland Challenge’ taking a route through the Outer Hebrides.

Lauren, who has island connections in Ness and Newvalley on her father’s side, is joined by a team of fellow pupils from Banchory Academy, Aberdeenshire.

The expedition will see the teenagers travel the complete distance of the Island chain from the Butt to Barra.

The journey will be carried out by foot and bike, covering a distance of about 465km.

While the exact route across Scotland was unknown to her when applying, Lauren was delighted to find out that she would be visiting the Hebrides on her expedition.

She explained: “It’s great that the route was through Lewis, I love the island and know the parts we are passing through pretty well.

“It’s such a pretty island, the cycling is very scenic. I also met up with my great granny, my uncle, auntie and my godfather’s parents.”

Doing the challenge is demanding in many ways, with the group busy fundraising for two charities, hoping to reach a target of £10,000.

Most of the money - 90% - will go to BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, and a 10% donation will also be made to The Lucie Blackman Trust. It is a charity that is often first point of contact for families who have lost a loved one abroad, and came to Lauren’s attention last year when David Booth from Stornoway, the youngest brother of Lauren’s godfather, died on May 27th while travelling in India. Lauren’s visit to the Island to do the challenge is particularly poignant as it is almost one year since his death.

If you would like to support Lauren and the team’s fundraising search for ‘Colin Nicoll’ on the Virgin Money Giving website.