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More than £2000 raised for Inverness Blythswood food bank charity


By Louise Glen


Gavin Johnston of Inverness Taxis gets a thank you certificate from Blythswood's Lorna Dempster. Picture: Gary Anthony..
Gavin Johnston of Inverness Taxis gets a thank you certificate from Blythswood's Lorna Dempster. Picture: Gary Anthony..

Brave swimmers who plunged into the murky depths of Loch Ness on Boxing Day have handed over a cheque for £2180 to charity.

The Boxing Day Dip, organised by Inverness Taxis, was one of a number of events the firm arranged to raise money for Blythswood.

Handing over the cheque, Gavin Johnston, managing director of Inverness Taxis, said it was a privilege to be able to raise money to help other people.

He said: "We were delighted to be able to hand over the cheque to Blythswood, and the people there seemed genuinely delighted to receive the money. Lorna, who runs the project, said she would be able to buy some much-needed items to help support the work of Blythswood.

He said the money came from donations from swimmers at the Boxing Day Dip as well as from a Santa's Grotto and from Mr Johnston himself driving a bus to get groups of more than six people around the city on Christmas Day.

He said: "The donations from people who used the bus on Christmas Day were very generous, and helped push the total up.

"Thanks for all who supported these events for a great cause and we look forward to doing it all again."

The Boxing Day Dip attracted more than 40 people to get into the loch at Dores and Mr Johnston himself managed to don his trunks and get into the water.

Blythswood offers food parcels to people who are referred to them by another organisation.

Food donations to the charity were so great in the lead up to Christmas, that it has said it will be springtime before it will have another drive for food parcels.

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