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Cross 2016 - Saturday 18 June 2016
Highland Cross 2016
The list to receive
competitor application forms for Highland Cross 2016 is now closed.
The Organisers apologise to anyone who wished to add their name to the
list but can only suggest that if they are interested in Highland
Cross 2017, they mark 1st September 2016 in their diary
as the date to register for an application form for 2017.
Nairnshire Challenge 2016
Nairnshire Challenge is scheduled to take place on Sunday 22nd May
2016 – if you require further information on this see
Highland Children's Unit about to go operational
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
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!
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
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
Highland Cross is delighted to send its congratulations to Birchwood
Highland, a charity that is part of our Community, for their
achievements in the recently released Care Commission Annual
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 will be working
in the Finish Area in Beauly Square on the 18th June.
The Community of the Cross – Making the day happen
This example shows 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 will be
working to make the day happen and to bring in essential funds for
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
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 happens because a huge selection of individuals,
charities and supporting organisations come together to create the
community that delivers the event. The Organisers are often
asked about our challenges in delivering the event. There are lots,
but we have a superb team who make it happen for the participants.
example one of the biggest logistical exercises is moving all the
700+ bikes to Affric! The transport is led by Murray Campbell with
his team of drivers from R&F Campbell Ltd. Tractor units from
Murray's firm haul 40' container trailers from R&F Campbell Ltd,
MacCallum Haulage Ltd, Muir of Ord and TOM Vehicle Rental, Nairn.
The access road to Affric is a real challenge and requires huge
skill to negotiate it with such large vehicles.
this generous donation of equipment and skill Highland Cross could
not happen. As participants prepare for their day, we ask them
to remember the remarkable Community whose generosity makes it
possible. They make it happen so that the participants challenge and
experience can generate funds for great Highland causes - we ask
them to honour the efforts of the supporting community by
maximising their fund raising!