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

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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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