Balmullo walkers aim to splash out on new bathroom

Claire Barr and Moira Christie, who are walking the West Highland Way for Rymonth House. (Photo: Peter Adamson)
Claire Barr and Moira Christie, who are walking the West Highland Way for Rymonth House. (Photo: Peter Adamson)
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An intrepid pair of friends are due to set off tomorrow (Saturday) on a 96-mile walk to raise funds for a sensory bathroom for people with mobility problems.

Claire Barr (54) and Moira Christie (60), both from Balmullo, hope to raise between £15,000 and £20,000 to pay for the facility at Rymonth House in St Andrews, where Claire is a team leader.

The house, which is run by the Edinburgh-based ARK Housing Association, offers accommodation for adults with learning difficulties, mobility issues and other complex needs.

It comprises a cluster of small flats which provide supported living as well as a special dementia unit and an outreach service.

But the Harris flat, in which Claire is team leader, does not have suitable bathing facilities for residents, some of whom have not been able to access a bath at all because of their mobility problems.

The pair will set off from Milngavie and follow the West Highland Way to Fort William.

The walk will take them six days, with the longest leg of the journey covering 20 miles.

“We’re both keen walkers anyway, although this is the longest one we’ve tackled,” said Claire.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of extra practice and we’re confident we can do it.

“We’d be very grateful if people would consider offering some sort of sponsorship or donation as we need to raise a significant amount of money.

“A sensory bathroom would add greatly to the quality of life of residents.”

Claire has set up a bank account specially for people who would like to contribute. For details, call 01334 477967 or email Claire.barr@arkha.org.uk