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PICTURES: Hope springs eternal for kilt-clad -highline-walking Highland student targeting £3333 boost for special needs project close to heart


By Louise Glen

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Owen Hope
Owen Hope

A high-flying fundraiser is asking for donations towards the work of a Highland-based charity.

twenty-year-old Owen Hope, from Lochardil, Inverness, did a highlining challenge in a kilt for the Special Needs Action Project (SNAP) as part of the national Kilt Walk fundraising month.

Mr Hope who completed the challenge over the weekend said it "felt good" to have completed the challenge – but still wanted to do more to support SNAP

He said: "It feels good having done it, but my emphasis is on trying to get to £3333 on the Just Giving page, that will mean a total of £7500 for SNAP after topped up by both the Hunter Foundation and another anonymous donor.

"I have raised £1600 so far."

Mr Hope, who is in his third year at the University of St Andrews, walked for 30 metres (100ft) on a slackline – a length of webbing fixed to two anchors bit not stretched tight – 20 metres high at the Rock and Spindle rock formations near St Andrews.

“Even if you can donate £1, it’s an extra 50p for free.”

He continued: “SNAP has a special place in my heart and I just wanted to do something special to raise money for them.

“I know that doing the highline would be enough of a challenge as it is, but doing it in my family kilt made it even more special.”

He explained the kilt that belonged to his grandfather from Brora is made in the Sutherland tartan, and was made and belongs to his family who come from Brora.

To donate visit virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/highlineforSNAP

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