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Third Sector Award

Highland Cross was delighted that the Community of Highland Cross - the supporting organisations, volunteers and sponsors who actually make the day happen - was awarded the Community Initiative Award 2016 by the Highland Third Sector Interface.  The Interface is the co-ordinating body for charities and social enterprises in Highland.  The Highland Cross Organisers assembled a small representative group to go to Strathpeffer on the 25th August 2016 to collect the Award.

 

The photograph shows Drew Hendry MP with:  Fiona Kennedy from Athnamulloch Waterpoint, Elizabeth Christie the Administration Organiser, James Dunbar OBE the CEO of New Start Highland representing charities, James Campbell of R & F Campbell Ltd who leads our haulage fleet, Jonathan Wotherspoon representing landowners and others who support the route, Keith Pratt our Safety Net Organiser who also represented the volunteers from Scouting, Andy Beaton Leader of Dundonell MRT representing all the teams who support us, James MacKenzie from Beauly Community, Neil Gauld from PDG Helicopters and Scott Hay from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.


 

Graham MacLean
The sudden death of Graham MacLean after a short illness will come as a shock to many who knew him as an influential figure in the first 20 years of Highland Cross.


Graham was a member of the small Fire Brigade group that launched the Midsummer Madathon in 1983 and in becoming our treasurer until he retired in 2002.  As our “Iron Chancellor” his contribution and time given to the growing years of “the Cross” was immense, readily recognised and appreciated by his successor, John Fraser.


Graham played a key role at critical moments for the event; when it became an “open” event taking the administration into our own homes (thus saving the public purse) and later when we secured charity status as a private company. He was also instrumental in transforming nominated charities from happy recipients to being actively involved by providing essential manpower to the safety and welfare network for the event.


At every Highland Cross weekend, his was a large and bantering presence responsible for the bike loading and entrants’ buses before working his way from Morvich along the course to overseeing the finish arrangements in Beauly Square and prize giving. His wife, Sandra, was ever present at the medal presentation while son Andrew did sterling work on bike loading duties.

I will remember him as a valued colleague, a good companion on our Highland Cross journey.


Gerry Grant


 

Congratulations!
Highland Cross is delighted to send its congratulations to two charities that are part of our Community for their achievements in the recently released Care Commission Annual Inspection results.

Crossroads Care Skye and Lochalsh
Crossroads Care Skye and Lochalsh have been awarded the highest inspection grades for the fifth year running! Crossroads operates as a respite care service giving vital support to individuals and families caring for loved ones in their homes.  The charity is led by a small board of local trustees and the Skye and Lochalsh community are strongly supportive of Crossroads work and fundraising initiatives. Highland Cross was delighted to part fund the outfitting of their new shop premises in Portree from the Smaller Grants Scheme. Profits from the shop help fund the charity’s vital work.

Volunteers from Crossroads, led by Service Co-ordinator Jenny Millington, have staffed the water point at Glenlicht House in previous years. “Lucky 2 be here” another Skye based charity and another previous beneficiary of the Cross covered the site this year.

Birchwood Highland
Staff and service users at local mental health charity Birchwood Highland are celebrating great results from two visits by the Care Inspectorate, to the Inverness Support Service, the Lochaber Support Service and the Easter Ross Support Service, the Care Inspectorate awarded all three services the top rating ‘Excellent’.  The services provide housing support and care at home to individuals across the region.  The same grade was awarded to Birchwood Highland’s Recovery Centre after another unannounced inspection of the 23-bedroomed facility in Inverness, where individuals are supported by a dedicated team of nurses and support workers.

Birchwood Highland are nominated as a major beneficiary from Highland Cross 2016 and volunteers from the charity were working in the Finish Area in Beauly Square on the 18th June.

The Community of the Cross – Making the day happen
These two examples show the quality of the causes that Highland Cross is honoured to support. Volunteers from twenty charities supported by Highland Cross this year or through previous fundraising were working to make the day happen and to bring in essential funds for Highland causes. They were supported by local communities across the route, individual volunteers from Highland Cross, its commercial and organisational partners. These wonderful folk create a unique community of interested people, intent on generating as much benefit as possible and pushing the £4.1m raised over the past 33 years yet further.

 


 

Founders of Highland Cross honoured

Everyone who is associated with Highland Cross in any way will have been pleased to hear the news that in Saturday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Gerry Grant and Calum Munro were awarded MBEs.  As many of you will know, Gerry and Calum were co-founders of Highland Cross back in 1983 and both have been involved over the 34 years of running the event.  In recent years, Calum has been principal co-ordinator while Gerry is one of the three independent panellists who choose the charities to be supported each year.

 

Each has given tens of thousands of hours of their time voluntarily over the period.  Many charities, competitors and volunteers have benefited from their input and are proud to be associated with the event.  Highland Cross would not be in existence without these two gentlemen coming up with the idea and we congratulate them on receiving their deserved awards.

 

J.F.

 


 

Highland Children's Unit about to go operational

Calum Munro represented Highland Cross at the preview of the new Highland Children's Unit on 25th April. The Unit officially receives patients on 9th May and a large group of funders and supporters of the project gathered to be shown round.

The facilities are extremely impressive and look nothing like a standard NHS facility. Great effort has gone into making them as child and young person friendly as possible with enhanced facilities for parents/carers to be with seriously ill children.

The £40,000 of Highland Cross funding from the 2012 event will be combined with the funds raised this year to pay for the fitting out of the High Dependency Unit (HDU) a key area of the new Unit. The attached photograph shows the Nurse's Station in the HDU and gives a taste of the decoration and quality of finish in the whole unit.  Another wonderful example of what the wonderful folk of the Community of Highland Cross have achieved for the wider Highland Community!

 


 

Highland Cross congratulates Calman Trust on their latest venture

Over the years Highland Cross has been proud to support Calman Trust in their work with Highland young people. Your fund raising has purchased machines for their work wear enterprise and a refrigerated vehicle for their outside catering business and they are our caterers of choice for our annual celebration and gift evening. The attached link takes you to an article about their latest venture, running the staff canteen for SSE's HQ in Inverness.  Yet another high quality organisation that forms part of the Community of Highland Cross!

 
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/social-enterprise-to-run-sse-staff-canteen

 


 

Angus MacKenzie OBE, CA
It is with great sadness that I must inform the Community of Highland Cross of the sudden death of Angus MacKenzie.
 
Angus came into the Community of Highland Cross through his involvement with Highland Riding for the Disabled - only one of many charities that benefitted from his commitment and acumen.  With him he brought his colleagues and staff from his accountancy firm MacKenzie Kerr and beyond his retirement Angus was a loyal supporter of the Cross and his colleagues became the very backbone of the administration and financial aspects of the Cross which they have remained through the intervening decades.  Angus's nephew John Fraser, our current treasurer, has strengthened the link to the Cross.  Angus was a keen shooter and for many years combined his duties at the Start Registration tables with discharging his 12 bore to start folk on their way.  Angus's funeral was a testament to a life of service to his community and marked the passing of a man who was the very epitome of a Highland Gentleman.
 
Calum Munro, Co Founder and Organising Secretary, Highland Cross

 


 

Alex Brett

It is with deep sadness that Highland Cross has to inform its community of the tragic death of one of our stalwart participants – Alex Brett from Dingwall.  Alex had completed 28 Crosses and took part as a member of the “The Three Amigos” team. A trio that had regularly won team prizes over the years.   A true Highland gentleman and committed outdoorsman he died after a fall on Liathach in the Torridon area.

 


 

Calum receives a deserved award
Everyone associated with Highland Cross was very pleased to hear that at the Highland Third Sector Awards 2015 held recently, our Co-founder and Organising Secretary of Highland Cross, Calum Munro was given an Outstanding Achievement Award.  This award was in recognition of his outstanding achievements within the Third Sector in Highland and the positive contribution that he has made to our community.  Among other achievements, this reflects his huge contribution to Highland Cross over 33 years and how his hard work, his organisation and his enthusiasm has benefited so many different charitable organisations within the Highland community.
 
Calum received a lovely plaque and scroll which were handed over by Mr John Finnie, MSP.

 

Highland Cross 2015

  

Yet another record year for Highland Cross fundraising!

The record figure raised in 2014 from Highland Cross participants was £229,788 but this has been surpassed by Highland Cross 2015 competitors who have shattered the previous record by raising a superb total of £261,290!  This now means that Highland Cross has raised over £4,160,000 over the 33 years of the event.

 

On 19 November 2015 the 5 principal charities received presentations:

  • Highland Disability Sport have received funding for a specially converted vehicle.

  • Highland Hospice have received funding to create, for the first time, an en-suite family bedroom.

  • New Start Highland have received funding for a new IT system.

  • Sight Action have received funding for a new vehicle to increase accessibility to their services in rural areas.

  • Watermill Foundation have received funding for a vehicle and trailer to support their Highland wide outreach work to take cycling to children and adults with disabilities.

Highland Disability Sport receive their specially converted vehicle.

 

In addition to the primary causes, the participants’ success will also allow some smaller grants to be distributed to charities across Highland over the next month.   The Organisers would once again like to thank competitors, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support of Highland Cross.

 

Top Fundraising Teams of 2015

 

 

 

Team Amount Raised

 

Team Name

 

Competitor Names

1

 

£5,649.07

 

Over The Hill

 

Steven Scott

         

Kevin Smith

         

Stuart Laurence

2

 

£4,055.00

 

Stretched Armstrongs

 

Colin Armstrong

         

Iain Leighton

         

Michael Armstrong

3

 

£3,433.97

 

Team Maplin

 

Trevor White

         

Colin Rae

         

David Kidd

4

 

£2,985.00

 

Bring Us Back For Beer

 

William Gray

         

Richard McGrail 

         

Douglas Boyle

5

 

£2,870.00

 

Affric HBB's

 

Jamie Freeman

         

Will Matthews

         

Jack Collins

6

 

£2,797.50

 

Pony Express

 

John Dean

         

Richard Dean

         

Rachel Chalmers

7

 

£2,654.80

 

Coast to Coast Busters

 

Julia Prestridge

         

Derek Dunn

         

Phil Prestridge 

8

 

£2,412.16

 

Affric Rats

 

Jonathan Wotherspoon

         

Timothy Laing

         

Fergus Laing

9

 

£2,390.00

 

Stay On Track

 

Andrew Philips

         

Martin Patience

         

Gordon Simpson

10

 

£2,280.58

 

The Duich Dreamers

 

Nicola Forbes

         

John MacDonald

         

Alan Hunter

11

 

£2,131.35

 

Cullicudden Colts

 

James MacLean 

         

Brian Philip

         

Gemma Sutherland

 

Highland Cross 2014

 

Highland Cross breaks the £3.8 million barrier!  £229,788 raised this year!  A new fundraising record set!

The participants in Highland Cross 2014 have done an outstanding job and raised a magnificent sum for Highland Charities.  The record 2014 total of £229,788 means that the cumulative figure for 32 years of Highland Cross is over £3,898,000.

 

The principal charities at the Highland Cross presentation evening.

Image courtesy: Ewen Weatherspoon Photography

 

Highland Cross 2014 took place on Saturday 21 June 2014, the six principal charities were: 

  • Beauly and District Care Project - received funding for a specially converted vehicle.

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability Inverness - received £40,000 to create special sensory spaces in their centre in Inverness.

  • Shopmobility Highland - received a specially adapted vehicle.

  • Blythswood Care - received a forklift truck for their food bank operation in Invergordon.

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - received a vehicle to support their Highland wide outreach and fundraising work.

  • Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers - received a minibus to support their work and the work of Skye YMCA.

In addition to the primary causes, the participants' success will also allow some smaller grants to be distributed to charities across Highland.  The organisers thank competitors, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support of Highland Cross.

 

Highland Cross

Second placed Gordon Lennox (left) with Highland Cross 2014 winner Joe Symonds (right)

 

Top Fundraising Teams of 2014

Top 10   Team Amount Raised   Team Name   Competitor Names
1   £8,546.45   The Three Must Get Beers   William Gray
            Craig Finlay
            Richard McGrail
2   £6,472.50   Over The Hill   Steven Scott
            Kevin Smith
            Ryan MacLean
3   £3,253.33   Affric Brats   Ross Campbell
            Louisa Freeman
            Rosannagh Hilleary
4   £3,036.71   Slow Motion   Mayrine MacLennan
            Catriona Campbell
            Marion Campbell
5   £2,955.00   Pony Express   John Dean
            Richard Dean
            Rachel Chalmers
6   £2,909.00   3 Singles to Beauly   Jennifer Munro
            Gillian Calder
            Karen MacAllister
7   £2,839.73   Lame but Still Game   Jim Muir
            Jason Reynolds
            Roland Waddell
8   £2,436.51   The Affric HBB's   Jamie Freeman
            Geordie Laing
            Nick Stratton
9   £2,400.00   Alltbeithe There in a While   Colin Larmour
            Rory Morrison
            Peter Miller
10   £2,280.00   Redmoss Pacers   Derek Dunn
            Philip Prestridge
            Michael Dunn

 

Highland Cross 2013

The total amount of money raised by competitors for Highland Cross 2013 is £226,086.  This brings the total raised over the 31 years of Highland Cross to over £3,669,000.

 

On 28 November 2013, the 6 principal charities received presentations:

 

  • Calman Trust are receiving a crew cab refrigerated catering support vehicle for use in their work to train young people towards employment opportunities

  • Cantraybridge College received a 4x4 minibus and trailer to support their community projects and social enterprise work

  • CCAST Highland received a people carrier vehicle to enable them to extend their housing support and community work in Ross-shire and into Sutherland

  • Lucky2BHere a defibrillators and community resuscitation training charity based in Skye received £35,000 to purchase defibrillators and other equipment for communities across Highland

  • Puffin Hydrotherapy Pool received £40,000 towards the provision of a cost effective wood burning heating system for the pool to improve its long term financial and environmental sustainability

  • Seaforth House received £40,000 towards the provision of cost effective wood burning heating systems for the respite centre to improve its long term financial and environmental sustainability

 

In addition to the assistance given to the 6 principal charities, nearly £15,000 is currently being distributed to another 6 charities which made applications for grants from the surplus funds available from this year’s event.  Once again the Organisers wish to thank most sincerely all competitors, sponsors and volunteers who work together to make Highland Cross happen.

 

Highland Cross 2012

The total amount of money raised by competitors for Highland Cross 2012 was £228,122.  This brings the total raised over the 30 years of Highland Cross to over £3,440,000.

 

On 6 December 2012, the five principal charities received presentations:

  • The ARCHIE Foundation received a cheque for £40,000 towards their improvement of the Children’s Ward at Raigmore Hospital.

  • Glenurquhart Care Project received a specially adapted minibus to support their community work.

  • Highland Hospice received a cheque to fund a vehicle to support their retail operation.

  • Multiple Sclerosis Centre, Inverness received a cheque for a specially adapted minibus.

  • Special Needs Action Project (SNAP) based in Inverness received a specially adapted minibus to support their work with disabled young people.

At the Presentation, Duncan Chisholm, the renowned fiddler, gave a live performance of his new tune celebrating Highland Cross – the tune is called “Running the Cross” and is on his latest album, “Affric”.

 

In addition to the assistance given to the five principal charities, over £33,000 is currently being distributed to another 12 charities which made applications for grants from the surplus funds available from this year’s event.  Once again the Organisers wish to thank most sincerely all competitors, sponsors and volunteers who work together to make Highland Cross happen.

 

Highland Cross 2011

Highland Cross participants have raised an amazing new record amount of £228,724 from the 2011 event.  This brings the total raised over the 29 years of Highland Cross to over £3,200,000.

 

On 23 November 2011 the five principal charities received presentations:

 

  • Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) received a specially adapted vehicle to take very ill children on community outings.

  • Highland BlindCraft received a delivery van to support their retail operations.

  • ILM (Highland) received two vehicles to support their Handyperson scheme in Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty.

  • Lochaber Action on Disability received a specially adapted minibus to support their community work.

  • Shirlie Project received a complete modernisation of their computer system to support people with additional needs into work.

 

In addition to the assistance given to the five principal charities, the independent selection panel are currently reviewing the applications from charities for the surplus funds available from the 2011 event which amount to £72,000.

 

The top fundraising team for 2011 was made up of Alasdair Hilleary, Charlotte Hilleary and Georgina Norfolk.  Together they raised an incredible £13,684!

 

Once again the organisers wish to thank most sincerely all competitors, sponsors and volunteers who work together to make Highland Cross happen.

 

Highland Cross 2010

Highland Cross participants have raised an amazing new record amount of £196,640 from the 2010 event breaking the previous record by nearly £20,000. In addition, over £15,500 was also received via gift aid during 2010.

 

On 17 November 2010 the following four charities were presented with:

  • Birchwood Highland received a cheque for £30,000 towards the refurbishment of their mental health recovery centre.

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland received a specially adapted minibus to help continue their support work throughout the North of Scotland.

  • Lochleven Community Minibus Association received a vehicle to allow them to continue their work with the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged in southern Lochaber.

  • Seagull Trust received a cheque for £40,000 towards the construction of their new vessel, based in Inverness, to take disabled people on cruises on the Caledonian Canal.

Libby Waugh (Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland) sits at the wheel of the new vehicle handed over by Calum Munro (Highland Cross) at Hawcos showroom in Inverness.  Picture courtesy: N G Paterson Photography.

 

The remaining funds raised in 2010 have been distributed in smaller grants to charities across Highland selected by the Highland Cross Independent Charity Selection Panel.

 

The top fundraising team for 2010 was again headed up by William Gray, along with team mates Martin English and Richard McGrail. Together they raised an incredible £13,738.60!  Once again the organisers wish to thank most sincerely all competitors, sponsors and volunteers who work together to make Highland Cross such a success year after year.

 

Highland Cross handover: (left) Alec Keith of Seagull Trust (£40,000), John Palmer of Birchwood Highland (£30,000), Calum Munro and John Fraser of Highland Cross, Libby Waugh of Chest, Heart and Stroke (minibus) and Bob Burns of Lochleven Community Minibus Association (minibus).  Picture courtesy: Gary Anthony SPP Photographer.

 

Vehicle Donation to Partnerships for Wellbeing

Highland Cross were delighted to see the launch of the new vehicle for the local patient transport service.  Surplus funds from Highland Cross 2010 were used to largely fund the vehicle and its use will be funded by an agreement with NHS Highland.  The service will meet the needs of patients who have challenges in getting to Doctors' and Hospital appointments.  This vehicle is the latest of over 40 vehicles that Highland Cross has helped fund for various causes across the area.

  

Highland Cross / Partnerships for Wellbeing

L to R:  Ros Philip, Primary Care Manager, South East Highland CHP, NHS Highland. Michelle Cowie, Manager, Partnerships for Wellbeing. Calum Munro, Highland Cross. John Fotheringham, Chairman, Partnerships for Wellbeing. Photograph courtesy of Ewen Weatherspoon/Partnerships for Wellbeing.

 

Highland Cross 2009

Participants have raised a record £176,729 from the 2009 event.

 

Over £15,000 was also received via gift aid during 2009.  On the 18th November 2009 the four principal charities were presented with their vehicles, and further sums were sent out to other charities in response to their requests for funding for various smaller projects.

 

The four main charities to benefit were:

  • Highland Disability Sport

  • Merkinch Community Centre

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society - Inverness & Nairn Branch

  • Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association

The top fund-raising team in 2009 was that of William Gray, Douglas Stewart and Jane Brewster who raised over £7,000.

 

Once again the organisers wish to thank most sincerely all competitors, sponsors and volunteers who work together to achieve this result.

 

Highland Cross 2008

£174,213 raised in 2008, another new fundraising record!

 

Since 1983, Highland Cross has now raised over £2.5 million! The 4 main charities to benefit were:

  • Children 1st received £34,000 to complete their family centre at Killen on the Black Isle.

  • New Start Highland - Tenant Support Scheme received a vehicle to allow them to move trainees and materials.

  • Shopmobility Dingwall received a specially adapted minibus to transport clients wheelchairs.

  • Shopmobility Lochaber received a specially adapted vehicle to allow them to extend their service into the remote and rural parts of Lochaber.

14 other charities are currently being issued with cheques for smaller amounts, totalling over £37,000.

 

The organisers wish to thank all those who helped in any way to achieve this record figure.

 

Highland Cross 2007

£173,806 raised by participants this year! An all time record for Highland Cross!

 

The participants in Highland Cross 2007 have done an outstanding fundraising job and broken the previous fundraising record by over £30,000!

 

The main charities who all received vehicles to support their work are:

  • Visual Impairment Services Highland

  • Inverness Handyperson’s Scheme

  • Highland Hospice

  • Ballachulish Abbeyfield Society

The National Trust for Scotland are also receiving 8 specialist powered scooters to allow disabled people to access NTS properties in the North of Scotland.

 

As well as the vehicles and scooters, over £40,000 is being distributed in smaller grants to various charities across the North of Scotland.

 

The organisers once again wish to thank everyone involved with the event - the competitors, the sponsors and all the volunteers who came together to make the event happen.

 

Highland Cross 2006

Record fundraising year for the Highland Cross!

 

Highland Cross competitors have raised £141,240, a new record figure.  This has enabled the four principal charities for 2006 to benefit as follows:

  • L'Arche Inverness has received £33,000 to purchase specialist equipment for their new workshop facilities.

  • Disability Snowsport has received a specially adapted minibus.

  • Cameron House are receiving a specially adapted minibus.

  • Ross-shire Special Needs Playscheme are receiving a specially adapted minibus.

In addition to the primary causes, the participants' success will allow a range of other causes to benefit with donations of smaller sums.

 

The Organisers wish to thank everyone involved in making this happen - the competitors, all those individuals and companies who sponsored them, the volunteers who turn out each year to help with staging the event and all sponsors and supporters of the Highland Cross.

 

Highland Cross 2005

Highland Cross breaks the £2 million barrier!

 

Over £134,000 raised again by participants this year!

 

The participants in Highland Cross 2005 have done an outstanding fundraising job and once again raised a tremendous sum for Highland Charities.

  • Eden Court Theatre received £35,000 to enhance facilities for disabled patrons and performers

  • Chest Heart and Stroke received £40,000 to expand their Survivors of Stroke service across Highland including providing a base in Lochaber

  • Shopmobility Highland received £36,000 to purchase specialist equipment for their outreach activities.

In addition to the primary causes, the following charities have also benefited through the donation of smaller sums:

  • Barnardos’ Springboard

  • Caberfeidh Horizons

  • Family Mediation Highland 

  • Highland Developmental Co-ordination Disorder Group

  • Highland Homeless Trust

  • MS Therapy Centre

  • Nairn Sports Medicine Clinic

  • Partnerships for Wellbeing

 

Highland Cross 2004

Over £134,000 raised by participants!

  • Lochaber Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal have received £45,000.

  • Highland Heartbeat Appeal have received £45,000.

  • Seaforth House Respite Centre Vehicle Appeal have received a specially converted bus to allow the centre to transport patients to events.

In addition to the primary causes, some of the other charities to benefit are:

  • Scottish Society for Autism's Highland Office - £2,500 for audio visual aids for their outreach work.

  • Uphill Ski Club - £5,000 to buy special ski sleds for disabled skiers.

  • Age Concern in Ross-shire - £2,500 to buy exercise equipment for mobility classes for older people in Ross-shire.