Ardroy Centre needs your help

Staff from Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre have been training for their fundraising paddle from Lochgoilhead to Fife.
Staff from Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre have been training for their fundraising paddle from Lochgoilhead to Fife.
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ARE you one of the thousands of Fife Council schoolchildren who visited Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre over the past 40 years?

If the answer is yes, then the charitable trust, which rescued the centre, would likeyour help.

Reopened in 2011 as a social enterprise, the staff at Lochgoilhead are looking to buy the buildings and grounds, still owned by Fife Council, and upgrade them for future generations to use.

The trust needs to raise a total of around £1 million, some of which has already come from funding bodies, but the rest will have to be found by other means.

To launch the fundraising drive, staff are planning a sponsored paddle (May 30 - June 3) from Ardroy to Fife, through the Clyde Canal into the Forth, then cycle to Glenrothes totalling 107 miles.

It’s hoped it will inspire people, reminiscing of their time at the centre, to come up with their own fundrasing ideas or simply donate a few pounds to the cause.

On June 3 a sponsored abseil will also take place at the Hawkcraig Crag, near the Silver Sands at Aberdour, for anyone who raises or donates £20.

George Bruce, the chief executive of the trust, said: “The concept is that the ‘paddle’ gives an opportunity for the many people who have visited Ardroy or whose children have visited Ardroy to help ensure the survival of Ardroy.

“On the basis that ‘many a mickle maks a muckle’ we hope that many small sums from Ardroy supporters will raise a large sum which can be used to match fund donations from other sources.

“Tens of thousands of people have learned valuable life lessons from their time at Ardroy, and if we are to offer this vital opportunity to future generations, then your financial assistance is both very important, and much appreciated.”