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Coronavirus has had a major effect on fundraising. Quite a few supporters’ fundraisers which were planned for 2020 and beyond have been scuppered. And our own plans for 500 miles’ next and last large fundraiser, planned for 2021/22, have had to go onto the back burner but we’re working on The 500 miles Challenge – watch this space! However, we have been delighted and inspired by these marvellous fundraising initiatives.

500 miles for 500 miles

During lockdown, and to celebrate her 50th birthday on 30th April 2020, Pamela Spencer walked 500 miles for 500 miles. During those quiet months of May and June, she got her walking boots on and clocked up the miles around her home, completing the 500 miles on the 4th of July. Here she is celebrating her achievement and a phenomenal £2,227.30 for 500 miles!

Another marathon effort
Babs Ross
Babs Ross
Babs Ross

In 2010, Babs Ross, a teacher in Shetland, supported 500 miles by running the Amsterdam Marathon to celebrate her 40thbirthday, raising a magnificent £754. Ten years on, Babs kindly decided to run the Stirling Marathon for 500 miles in October 2020 to celebrate her 50th. That event was cancelled early on in lockdown so Babs registered for the Amsterdam Marathon, also scheduled for October 2020. When that too looked uncertain to go ahead, Babs figured that since she had timed all her training for a marathon in October, she would just run a marathon anyway – and so she has! Taking advantage of the good weather on Sunday 27thSeptember, Babs ran the route of her home Parkrun – Shetland’s 5km Bressay Parkrun – 8 and bit times, completing the full 26.2 miles of a marathon. We are so grateful that Babs has selflessly asked friends and family to donate to 500 miles instead of giving her presents. Babs had already exceeded her bold target of £500 by the day of her run but Babs’ fundraising page is still open if you would like to help swell her total.

Nichola's NC500

Nichola Maclean has two huge loves – walking and the music of The Proclaimers – and so, in May 2022, to celebrate her 45th birthday, Nichola, is planning to walk the NC500 to raise money for four charities: Argyll Beats Cardiovascular Disease, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance, Worldwide Cancer Research – and, because she heard about us through The Proclaimers’ website, 500 miles.

The NC500 is actually 516 miles long and she aims to walk all of them in 28 days! Nichola’s birthday is in March but she will walk the NC500 in May to avoid both the snow and the midges! This plan has been cooking since 2019 to allow enough time for training. Lockdown has intervened and there is some major surgery pending, but this HUGE challenge is still going ahead! You can follow Nichola’s progress all the way until May 2022 on her Facebook page (which is called “Love can move mountains”) and her fundraising page. 

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