Helen Fowler: Eilean Donan Castle and MS don’t mix

THE ticket clerk refuses to take any money from me for my visit to Eilean Donan Castle

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Corporate Challenge winners 2016, UHI. Picture: Supplied

Businesses get their running shoes on for 10K race

Accountants, drivers, chefs and secretaries across the Highlands and beyond are amongst those pulling on their running shoes to train for the 10K Corporate Challenge at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running this September.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
A prototype of the type of housing will be on show at St Andrew Square during the Festival. Picture: PA

Social Bite’s Edinburgh homeless village to be built by Christmas

Ground has been cut in Granton for a unique village designed to help homeless people break from the cycle of temporary housing.

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Retired explosives search dog becomes RAF Lossiemouth mascot. Picture: MoD/Supplied

Explosives search dog Dee is new mascot for RAF Lossiemouth

A RETIRED Military Working Dog has become the new Station mascot at the Highland base - and is promoted to rank of Sergeant.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Clare Robertson and Celeste Clark with examples of their work and other artists. Picture: Supplied

Sale of postcard art raises thousands for Edinburgh Homeless

BIDS on Rock Trust’s postcard art exhibition have raised in excess of £6,800 in aid of Edinburgh’s homeless youth.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Alfie and Antony with Lorraine Kelly. Picture: Supplied

Alfie and Antony to tackle Ben Nevis for Help for Heroes

TINY fundraising hero Alfie McAnespie is taking on his biggest challenge yet this weekend – conquering Ben Nevis with Coronation Street star Antony Cotton.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scotland

Richard Meade: Waiting months for benefits is unfair if you only have a short time left

This June, the Scottish ­Government tabled its Social Security (Scotland) Bill and with it comes an opportunity for us to have a system that ­truly ­provides a genuine safety net for those who are the most vulnerable in society.

Paul Hegarty helps launch Dundee Kiltwalk. Picture: Ian Rutherford/Supplied

Legend Paul Hegarty urges Dundonians to sign up for Kiltwalk

DUNDEE United hero Paul Hegarty has taken part in a friendly kick-about by the seaside to launch Kiltwalk in the city.

Dundee & Tayside 1
Chrisetta Mitchell, Jimina MacLeod, Chrisell MacLeod, Mina Nicolson and Donna Barden complete their charity climb. Picture: Contributed

Munro-bagging women raise cash for Cystic Fibrosis charity

A HARDY team of five ladies completed an epic adventure by climbing seven Munros in less than 24 hours - all in aid of cystic fibrosis charity The Leanne Fund.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Agatha with Santa at the winter wonderland. Picture: Contributed

Brave schoolgirl meets Santa after missing out due to cancer treatment

A brave six-year-old was rewarded with a July meeting with Santa after finishing her treatment for cancer.

Festival Fringe staff party on Edinburghs Salisbury Crags as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations. Picture: Tom Duffin

Thousands of free days out to the Edinburgh Fringe given away

Thousands of free “days out” to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are to be given away as part of a global celebration of the event’s 1947 origins.

Edinburgh festivals 5
A maquette of Homeless Jesus by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz. Picture: PA

Homeless Jesus sculpture to be installed in Glasgow

A sculpture of a “homeless Jesus” sleeping rough is to be installed in Glasgow city centre.

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Eileidh Paterson, 5, and best friend Harrison Grier, 6, both from Forres, Moray. Picture: SWNS

Terminally ill girl who ‘married’ best friend dies of cancer

A TERMINALLY ill five-year-old girl who ‘married’ her best friend last month has tragically died.

Charities 3
Stuart McMillan MSP who is embarking on a 'pipeathon'. Picture: John Devlin

SNP MSP to play bagpipes in Scotland’s 42 football stadiums

The Holyrood piper Stuart McMillan MSP is using the summer break to combine our national music with our national sport.

Politics 10
Katie Ford. Picture: Supplied

TV and sport stars back Katie Ford’s world record attempt

THE ultra-marathon cyclist is to take on a mammoth challenge for epilepsy charity at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
Philip Martin. Picture: Supplied

Pilotlight charity celebrates 10 years of good work

A MAJOR player in boosting the work of charity work in Scotland is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions player Scott Hastings and his wife Jenny.

Scott Hastings and wife support mental health campaign

Former Scotland rugby star Scott Hastings is urging fans to sign up for a charity campaign to keep people active and improve their mental wellbeing after helping his wife in her long-running battle with depression.

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Blaine, Scott, partner Laura, and their children enjoy a day out in the sun. Picture: Supplied

Dad’s marathon effort to find a cure for sick daughter

A HIGHLAND dad whose daughter is one of only 125 people in the UK with a rare life-limiting genetic disease is pulling on his running shoes for a charity which he hopes will one day find a cure.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Cyclist ross Mitchell. Picture: Supplied

Charity cyclist tackles Cairngorms riding length of Scotland

AN engineer from Fife is to attempt to cycle the length of Scotland in under 24 hours this weekend – a feat of endurance that will include a 6,000 metre ascent through the Cairngorms - all in aid of a children’s charity.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Last year's winners with organisers: Pat Denzler, Master of The Merchant Company, Robert Souter, Peter Wood, Callum Jordan, Paul Morris and Richard Barron, Chairman of the Initiative Prize at The Merchant Company. Picture:  Steven Donald Photography/Contributed

Search on for charitable teenagers with initiative

FIVE students who built a pizza oven from recycled materials, and then sold their pizza for charity, won last years Merchant Company Initiative Prize - and organisers are now seeking this year’s charitable brainstormers.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
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