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Clarity Walk founder Matt Wallace is planning a Ben Nevis challenge and fundraiser

By Val Sweeney

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Clarity Walks..Matt Wallace is the mind behind Clarity Walk..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Clarity Walks..Matt Wallace is the mind behind Clarity Walk..Picture: James MacKenzie..

A HIGHLAND charity is aiming high with its fundraising.

Clarity Walk is planning to scale Ben Nevis, on August 21, as part of a fundraising drive for the phone-free walking group.

The money is to be used to help more people access the walks around the area, by hiring a minibus, and to pay for activities with school groups.

Founder Matt Wallace (30) said he hoped that not only would it bring much-needed cash into the organisation, but that it would really challenge those who take part.

Mr Wallace, who founded the charity in August 2019, said: “Clarity Walk is hosting a Ben Nevis fundraiser on August 21 to conquer the UK’s tallest mountain and raise vital funds for Clarity Walk.

“Many of the people we support do not drive and money raised in this fundraiser will help to pay for minibus transport so they can access and improve their mental health from joining our walks.

“It will also help us to support more schools in our kid’s clubs, to reduce anxiety and build confidence.

“With this fundraiser there will be expert guides leading you to the top so you can go at your own pace to reach the summit.

“A van would allow us to reach more people who need our support as we believe a Clarity Walk should be accessible to everyone.

“Many people don’t have access to transport or are unable to travel on their own, so a van would allow us to reach these people and to support them as we do others.”

It costs £30 per person to register for the event, and each person is asked to raise £100 towards the work of Clarity Walk.

Mr Wallace said: “Since August 2019 Clarity Walk has supported more than 460 people reconnect in nature, helped six people to return to work, supported five people in recovery with our drug and alcohol programme, and supported more than 50 young people to improve their wellbeing.”

During the group’s regular clear-ups, it has helped remove 4300 litres of rubbish from local nature spots.

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Mr Wallace is also hoping to attract £1500 worth of funding, through sponsorship from Highland businesses, to help pay for outdoor first aid courses for the group’s leaders and volunteers.

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