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CAVE CANUM Revisited

posted 8 Apr 2014, 03:31 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 8 Apr 2014, 03:32 ]

Enthusiastic readers of the Tattler will remember that almost a year ago, Hamish and I undertook a sponsored walk – Step Out for Stroke - at Glamis Castle.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Glamis, though at the time, Hamish complained loudly about several aspects of the day: the long journey, the chilly breeze and the colour of the t-shirt he was forced to wear being just some of them. Perhaps he was feeling his age, as this proved to be his last major outing before his sad passing the following month. Thanks to many in the St Thomas’ congregation and the wider community of Aboyne, we raised almost £300 for the Stroke Association on that day. These are funds that go directly to supporting research into stroke and providing help for stroke survivors in Scotland.

This year, you, dear reader, have the opportunity to enjoy a similar family day out on Deeside, because on 18th May a Step Out for Stroke event is being held on Aboyne green. The funds raised will be shared equally between the Stroke Association and the local Deeside Stroke Group, which holds a weekly exercise class for stroke survivors here in the Auld Kirk Hall, Aboyne.

Step Out for Stroke is a sponsored walk open to all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users. You can choose to walk ten steps or a couple of miles. You can just turn up on the day – there’s a £5 registration fee - but even better, if you register in advance, you may be able to persuade friends and family to sponsor you to take part in the event. You can register on-line at www.stroke.org.uk , or if on-line is not your thing, you can contact me for details of how to register by post. It should be a real community event, as we have received a kind offer of stewarding help from Aboyne and Upper Deeside Rotary Club.

I’ll be taking part with Archie in tow – a whippet now in the full flush of adolescence. Will you join us?

Eric Sinclair

Eric Sinclair’s book Man, Dog, Stroke – Musings of a Deeside Whippet and his Master is available from all good bookshops and on-line for a mere £8.99. All profits go to the charity, the Stroke Association.  There is a blog at www.mandogstroke.com