Members of the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team support young Dornoch fundraising runner

Members of the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team visited yesterday to support a boy from Dornoch who is raising funds on behalf of the organization.

Nine-year-old Finn Hallam is traveling 50 miles in July in a bid to give the team a financial boost. He has set up a Justgiving page and has already raised £ 2,290.

And the members of the rescue team were so impressed when they heard about his fundraiser that they and their family members decided to join him on a four-mile run through the forest of Rosehall Sunday morning.

Finn has a personal reason for choosing to support the rescue team – his cousin Stuart Campbell was tragically found dead in August last year in Ben Loyal, south of Tongue. The rescue team participated in his search.

Finn said he wanted to thank the team for their hard work in finding his cousin and his family would be eternally grateful to the volunteers.

Representatives of the Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland (SARDA) were also present yesterday at Rosehall.

Hazel, Finn’s mother, said: “It was a great morning with the Assynt Mountain team and the dogs.

“Finn really enjoyed it, the four miles he did with them today got him halfway through the 25 miles.

“It was so nice to meet some of the team who worked so hard to find Stuart.”

Sue Agnew of the Rescue Team said: “It was great to give this little man a lot of encouragement, and the amount he has already raised for the team is absolutely fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Finn’s father, Ben Hallam, is recovering from his own fundraising efforts on behalf of another charity, Reverse Rett.

The 47-year-old took a non-stop bike ride around the North Coast 500 tourist route, leaving at 5 a.m. early Thursday morning and returning late Friday evening.

Mr Hallam has so far raised £ 4,600. To donate, click here

Dornoch’s father and son hit the road

Cyclist Ben Hallam makes a triumphant return to Dornoch at the end of the NC500 Reverse Rett challenge and is greeted by family and friends

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