Ullapool Man Selected as Commonwealth Batonbearer

1 July 2014

Highland Hospice is delighted that one of its most dedicated volunteers and fundraisers John Urquhart has been selected to be a Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay Batonbearer in Ullapool on Wednesday 9 July.

John was nominated to be a batonbearer by the fundraising team at Highland Hospice because of the amount he does to help the charity.  Since John’s wife Rene was cared for by Highland Hospice in 2009, he truly has devoted his life to raising funds and awareness for the Hospice.

Not only does John assist the Hospice at several events throughout the year, he has also done a number of challenges himself – and continues to set himself new fundraisers and targets….many of which are not for the faint hearted!

Recently John abseiled off the Forth Rail Bridge, and his next challenge which he is currently gearing up for is to undertake Everest Base Camp on 11 October, along with another Hospice super fundraiser Alex Mackenzie. Their 13 day high altitude extreme trek reaches a height of 18,370 feet and (frostbite forbidding!) the men hope to go all the way wearing their trusty kilts.     http://www.justgiving.com/kiltedchallenge

John also plans to participate in our Kilts up ben Macdui event on 6th September 2014, and has participated in the Great Wilderness Challenge for many years in order to raise funds for the Hospice.

His previous challenges include cycling in Vietnam and Cambodia, canoeing in Zambia and walking across the Bealach na Ba – facing backwards!!!

Highland Hospice community and events fundraiser Amanda Burt said, “We think John’s energy is just incredible, and he is always willing to help in any way he can.  When we heard he had been selected to be a Commonwealth batonbearer, we were just delighted as he really does deserve recognition for all that he does.”

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