Published: 20/04/2017 17:00 - Updated: 20/04/2017 12:47

'More the merrier' for high-level fundraiser

Written byRachel Treasurer

Stephen Reid (right) with founder of Mikeysline Ron Williamson.
Stephen Reid (right) with founder of Mikeysline Ron Williamson.

A GROUP of fundraisers for a mental health awareness charity have opted to share the load of their latest quest to help secure a safe haven in Inverness.

Stephen Reid, from Hilton, was the mastermind behind the idea after initially planning to trek up Ben Nevis by himself.

Having walked from Inverness to Fort William last year to raise money for Inverness-based suicide prevention charity Mikeysline, Mr Reid was looking to generate further funds to help towards opening up a premises in the city centre.

However when others showed interest it soon became a group fundraiser, with now approximately 20 people signing up for the challenge which will take place on June 10.

The fundraiser has been made even harder by the fact that Mr Reid has borrowed an army stretcher for the people involved to carry a heavy weight of water cans up the highest mountain on the British Isles.

Four people at a time can carry the weight with the climb working on a rotational basis. Each person carrying the stretcher will swap with someone else every 10 to 20 minutes.

Unity is the message that the group are hoping to convey, wanting to reach people suffering with mental health issues to tell them that they are not alone.

Sponsorship forms have been handed out with funds already pouring in.

Mr Reid is hoping that the fundraiser will be able to help the charity in some way.

"I was wanting to do Ben Nevis and I was speaking to my friend who suggested putting weights on my back," he said.

"I thought it would be good to get a weight that we could all share.

"The idea was just about showing that you don’t need to carry the weight on your own and we can help to share the load.

"I’m in the process of getting t-shirts printed off and sponsorship forms have been sent out."

A volunteer at Mikeysline, Mr Reid is a champion of the charity and would like to see a premises open up in the city centre. He has invited anyone else keen to take on the Ben Nevis challenge to sign up.

"I think it’s a great idea, that’s what the fundraising is going towards - making The Hive live," he added.

"I’m keen for more people to get involved – the more the merrier. I’m all for everybody doing it."

A premises on Academy Street has been identified by founder of the charity, Ron Williamson, as a possible location for The Hive project to be based however funds are still needing to be raised.

To set up and run the project in its first year will cost £120,000.

Mr Williamson is looking for the building to have a café area, reception, two counselling rooms and a meeting room.

To donate to the project visit www.gofundme.com/help-make-the-hivelive

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