Posted Monday, April 4 2011 by Deans Shortbread Categories: Blog

Hi, my name is Les McArthur and I am the Operations Director here at Dean’s.

Over the years Dean’s have taken part in many fund raising activities, something we are all very proud of. One of the more recent activities was the Huntly Relay for Life (in aid of cancer research) in 2009, raising more than £4,250 in the process.

In the last couple of years I have had a desire to “take on” a more challenging event, mainly because I wanted to feel like I had truly earned the money people were kind enough to give, as well as enduring some hardship on behalf of those we are trying to help.

(2009 Dean’s Huntly Relay for Life team)

Having looked around at a few different possibilities I eventually settled on Marie Curie’s Glen Coe Mountain Challenge 2011. The challenge involves walking 23 miles through some of Scotland’s most rugged mountains and country side, starting at Glen Coe and finishing at the foot of our highest mountain, Ben Nevis. As if all that wasn’t tough enough we have to complete the trek in around 7 – 9 hours, let’s hope it’s not raining!

With the challenge selected what I needed next was a team to take part in it. First to join was Heather our accountant and office manager, who helped to select the challenge as well. We then asked for volunteers from the rest of the team and I have to admit I was a little worried that we might struggle to get more than one or two victims (oops), volunteers, due to the tough nature of the walk. My fears proved unfounded as we quickly assembled a group of 8 intrepid explorers and “Dean’s Activ8” was born.

(Left – Vice Captain, Heather Right – Michelle)
The challenge takes place on the 30th of July and we are all currently in training. As mainly novices we would greatly appreciate any tips or advice anyone has that will help us prepare for, and complete, the challenge (perhaps you have done this sort of thing before and could share your experience of it, with us).

If you would like to make a donation to our team please use the link below. Anything you can give will be hugely appreciated and every single penny will go to Marie Curie. As a team of 8 we must raise a minimum of £800 but we hope to collect much more. Alternatively perhaps you can enter the challenge yourself and join us in raising lots of cash for Marie Curie, simply go to Marie Curie’s website to sign up. See you on the mountain!

We are also looking for sponsorship of the team (Dean’s Activ8) in some or all of the following ways:

Transport from Huntly to Glen Coe and then back from Ben Nevis to Huntly (we’ll be too knackered to drive!) / Energy snacks and drinks / Rucksacks for the team / Walking socks / Waterproof clothing / Walking poles / Survival bags and whistles, the list goes on. So if you feel you can help please get in touch with us through our Facebook or Twitter pages, we would be very happy to hear from you.  You can also email me at

We will provide regular updates on how our training is progressing, fund raising totals, sponsorship received and any other relevant information we have.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog, for and on behalf of Dean’s Activ8.

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