Following on from the success of last year's sponsored walk, on Saturday the 2nd of September, ERS staff undertook this year's fundraising challenge: a sponsored walk from Trossach’s Pier to Stronachlacher Pier, a hike of 13 miles / 21km.
The Loch is the site of several interesting historical events, including the imprisonment of the Duke of Montrose’s debt-collector by Robert Roy MacGregor (known as the Scottish Robin Hood) on Factor’s Isle to protest the eviction of his family from their land. Along the trail you can also spot Glengyle House, where Robert Roy MacGregor (Rob Roy) was born.
We started out early from Trossach’s Pier, the road soon entering pretty woodland with occasional views over the Loch. We continued winding our way around the side of the Loch, the path climbing steeply in places but the trees offering some much needed sections of shade for a bit of relief from the sun beating down on us! We enjoyed the views along the way, passing a number of waterfalls and affording the four legged walkers among us a well deserved dip! We eventually made our way to Stronachlacher Pier, where a much needed seat and cold refreshment was enjoyed before boarding the Sir Walter Scott Steamship to make our way back to Trossach’s Pier.
We are pleased to share that this year's fundraiser has so far raised £1000 life-saving funds for the British Heart Foundation. Another truly remarkable effort this year from our amazing staff members!
ERS has been raising money for the BHF in memory of our friend and colleague, Steven Nisbet, who sadly passed away suddenly in July 2019. Our goal was to create a lasting legacy and make a number of life-saving defibrillators available for the local community to access. Using the money raised last year, we have since placed 3 defibrillators within the community in Stevie’s honour, with ERS also purchasing and placing one at our Head Office in Bishopbriggs.
The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying each year from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, however sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It's only thanks to support and donations that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. We hope that any cash we manage to raise would go some way to supporting their important work.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts - we appreciate each and every donation.
Donations can still be made via https://www.justgiving.com/page/ers