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Staff at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) raise funds for Highland mental health charity Mikeysline


By Staff Reporter


University staff with Donna Smith.
University staff with Donna Smith.

Staff at UHI have raised £7430 for Mikeysline during a year-long fundraising drive.

The university’s social committee, which chose Inverness-based Mikeysline as its 2019 charity of the year, organised a raffle, coffee mornings, a sweepstake, a bowling night and a mince pie and Christmas jumper day.

Individual staff members also undertook personal challenges including a head shave by Tony Johnson, an Inverness IT technician, who raised £2170.

“I’m absolutely blown away by the level of support and generosity of everyone who contributed and got involved for such a great cause,” he said.

Val Cooper, a graduate school training officer from Glenurquhart, raised £400 by walking and cycling 5km a day for 50 days.

Fiona Leiper, a research ethics officer from Cawdor, and Sophie Chisholm, a Culloden development officer, added over £500 from running challenges while Julie Cribb, an Inverness development programme manager, contributed £50 with an ice water swim.

A festive coffee morning held by Janis Mackay, a graduate school registry officer from Dingwall, and her daughters, Catherine, Beth and Megan, raised over £200.

Mikeysline provides a textline service for those experiencing thoughts of depression, anxiety, worry or stress as well as the Hive crisis centre in Inverness.

The charity’s chairwoman Donna Smith, the money would make a huge difference.

“To give it some context, this will cover the running costs of the Hive for a few months which is tremendous and will make a difference for many people who will use the service in that time,” she said.



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