Outfit Moray keep the pressure on their fight for survival

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LOSSIEMOUTH BASED OUTFIT MORAY are going into the holiday business – well, not exactly that, but you can book a break if you are lucky enough!

The charity, which works with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Moray as well as providing outdoor adventure sessions for young people in the region, has been involved in a number of funding efforts to ensure it continues its operations under difficult financial conditions.

In the last few months they have managed to reduced their funding deficit by £20,000 – but still have some way to go if they are to ensure their activities can continue into the summer. One of their latest fundraising bids came after a supporter kindly donated a week-long holiday in a cottage close to Gairloch in Wester Ross.

The beautifully decorated, two-bedroom cottage in Badachro was recently modernized and is situated on the shore of Loch Gairloch, in one of the prettiest villages on the west coast. The cottage is simple and comfortable with a small garden which overlooks the bay where you can enjoy a quiet drink and possibly catch sight of the inquisitive seals and otters.

Now a a lucky winner could be staying there for a week for just £10 for a raffle ticket.

As well as the holiday cottage, Outfit Moray is also raffling off a £78 Eden Court Theatre voucher which was kindly donated by Alex Johnston of Morrison Construction – and a chopper bike, both for £5.

The bike is a Shwinn Stingray Chopper and is the 1000th bike to be refurbished by Bike Revolution, the charity’s cycling project. Bike Revolution refurbish and sell on donated bikes with the proceeds being reinvested into Outfit Moray, as well as providing bike hire, servicing and repairs and being an information hub for local cycling activities.

Bike Revolution’s Project Manager, Stewart Evans, said: ‘What more could anyone want than a shiny chopper cruising the esplanade of Lossie East Beach – the wind in your hair and sea breeze in your nostrils, looking like Peter Fonda just pulled into town.

“It’s hard to believe that we have now refurbished over 1000 bikes since we started in 2012 and it definitely feels like we are helping to encourage more people out of their cars and on to bikes, which is the main aim of our project.”

To purchase any of the raffle tickets simply visit Outfit Moray’s BT My Donate site and select the raffle you wish to take part in from their listed events at the bottom of the page.

Community and Corporate Fundraiser, Karen Cox said: “Fundraising events such as these raffles are a crucial source of income for Outfit Moray and an integral part of our drive to keep our doors open.

“They are also a great way of raising funds whilst being able to give something back and so it’s great to be able to offer something so wonderful as a week in a holiday cottage. We are extremely grateful to our donors, Sally Morley and Morrison Construction Ltd, as well as the hard work from the guys in the Bike Revolution workshop.

Our projected total target for all three raffles is £2,000, which would be a fantastic amount to raise.”

Outfit Moray continue to work hard to reduce their funding shortfall and would be delighted to hear from anyone else who would be interested in offering up a service or item to be included in any future raffles.