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It's a family affair as plucky fundraiser overcomes foot surgery to walk equivalent of NC500 in aid of East Sutherland Rescue Association and Mikeysline

By Caroline McMorran

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A DORNOCH woman who had major foot surgery only last year has walked the equivalent distance of the North Coast 500 (NC500) to raise money for two local charities.

Debbie Ross raised £555 which has been split between East Sutherland Rescue Association (ESRA) and mental health charity Mikeysline.

Mrs Ross, whose husband Tony is an ESRA crew member, presented the organisation with a cheque at its AGM in Dornoch Social Club last Wednesday.

Debbie Ross hands over a cheque for £277.50 to Neil Dalton of ESRA.
Debbie Ross hands over a cheque for £277.50 to Neil Dalton of ESRA.

She said: “I had foot surgery last year and walking can still be painful and difficult, especially on some of the rougher terrain.

“I could not tackle the NC500 for real, but I still walked every single one of the 500 miles over three months.”

She added that she wanted to support ESRA because it was staffed entirely by volunteers and received no statutory funding, relying on donations and fundraising.”

The association, which is awaiting delivery of a new lifeboat, funded by Sutherland landowner Anders Holch Povlsen, has established a finance committee with a specific goal of raising £45,000 a year for running costs.

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