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Mental health charity Mikeysline's volunteers clock up the miles by foot for £17k fundraising feet


By Alasdair Fraser

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Miles for Mikeysline team Emily Stokes, service manager; Emilie Roy, support worker; Clare Gordon, support worker; and Darrel Paterson, volunteer fundraiser.
Miles for Mikeysline team Emily Stokes, service manager; Emilie Roy, support worker; Clare Gordon, support worker; and Darrel Paterson, volunteer fundraiser.

A band of dedicated volunteer fundraisers have clocked up an incredible 22,628 miles for a Highland mental health charity.

The Miles for Mikeysline quest saw more than 200 people raise more than £17,000 to help support adults and young people experiencing emotional distress and mental health issues.

Participants walked, ran, skipped and hopped a pledged distance over a month, getting themselves outside to raise vital funds.

Emily Stokes, service manager at Mikeysline, said: “Exercise and connecting with nature have a positive influence on our mental well-being, so we were delighted so many took up the challenge.

“When the Inverness Half Marathon was delayed due to lockdown, many of our supporters were disappointed. Our support workers, Clare Gordon and Emilie Roy, and Darrel Paterson, our fundraising volunteer, came up with an alternative idea.

“As a charity we are heavily reliant on the donations and support of individuals and businesses across the Highlands to provide our services. Money raised will provide a welcome boost.”

Mikeysline offers support from The Hive drop-in centre in Inverness and is expanding its reach across the Highlands. It recently launched a new young people’s support service for secondary school pupils. It also offers live chat, social media support, and a text line service at 07786 207755.


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