An autumn mist and a chill in the Lomond Hills air did little to dampen the spirits of three local students dressed in ‘onesies’ on Thursday.
For the all-in-one pyjama-clad classmates were about to embark on an energetic hike back to Falkland, and all in an effort to raise money for a worthy local cause.
The three Stenton Campus students, Mhairi Ross (38), Lauren Adamson (26) and 18-year-old Rachael Beaton, who all met on an NQ educational support assistant course, took time out from their studies to take on the sponsored walk in aid of Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre.
The girls chose to make the support group the focus of the fundraising because of what they said were the often unsung efforts supporting victims across the region.
“We wanted to do something to support the good work that they do which, because of the nature of the crime, sometimes goes unrecognised,” Mhairi told the Gazette.
“It was also the fact they offer vital support to both men as well as women victims,” added Rachael.
“And it’s not an obvious charity but one that will certainly welcome any financial support they can get,” explained Lauren.
Never having done any hill walking or fundraising before, the trio were both excited and just a little nervous as they prepared to set foot into the low-lying fog ahead of their jaunt over the three miles back to Falkland.
“Hopefully, we’ll make it without much incident and without having to call mountain rescue,” joked Mhairi.