Isles’ team ‘walk this way’

Simon and Jenny get ready for their West Highland Way challenge
Simon and Jenny get ready for their West Highland Way challenge

On Monday (June 2nd) Simon Rivett, Jenny McLaughlin and David Mackay are walking the West Highland Way to raise funds for Action for Children.

The group, who are all members of the Children’s Panel in the Western Isles, have been planning their walk for the past year to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

David said: “It was something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and all of us who decided to do the walk are involved with the Children’s Services, so we thought we’d have a stab at it.

“Action for Children does a lot of good work for young people.”

The West Highland Way is just short of 100miles long, from Milngavie to Fort William, and the group expect to complete it in four and a half days.

Working out at around twenty miles a day, a lot of preperation has taken place to ready themselves for the tre

David tells us: “Since the weather’s been good we’ve done a number of long walks, and gradually building it up.

“The walking is new to us, but we have done a few trips down to Uig and Harris to help train us for it.”

The trio have also walked along the West Side Costal Path in order to build up their stamina, and have completed a twenty one mile walk through the Castle Grounds.

The charity is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Scotland break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential.

The group know the importance of funding for these organisations, and have set a target of raising £1,000.

However, David feels that they will raise a lot more and expects them to make around £2,000.

With the help of Gift Aid, the team have almost met their chosen target, and are well on their way to raising a significant amount of money for the charity.

You can sponser the group by searching for David Mackay on the Virgin Money Giving page, and follow their progress on Facebook at