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I would like to thank everyone who walk with me ;some for 12 miles, some for a day or two some for the Great Glen Way or the West Highland Way. However a man who walked every mile of the way with me on this epic journey was my brother-in-law Pat's brother Jim Morrison. He was an inspiration and kept me going when I was sore or flagging. He has also raised a tremendous total in sponsorship for the cause. Thanks Jim I could not have done it with out you.
Another person I would like to thank is Adam Davidson our late recruit. Adam is the Chair of the Highland Relay for Life for Cancer Resarch
Many thanks to Stuart Mingham And it artwork, which we are now using as our logo, his art work is outstanding. Sadly as yet I have been unable to add his website to our links but his work is so good, we recommend a vist to www.art-from-viewpoints,co,uk .
A great big thanks to Crawford Croll who has kindly given us the use of his camper van; without his help Pat would have been unable to accompany us on the walk. The classic camper van will be our support vehicle and mobile HQ. A big thank you to Robert Campbell and John Ford our main drivers and gofers.They made sure the Camper van was where it was meant to be and we had all our necessary supplies. You have no idea what a welcomed sight the Blue & White Camper was parked in a Car Park after a long hard day or at at a lunch break!
Other people to thank are Jay Muirhead for website & publicity & admin/PA/PR work and generally supporting/ organising this event and keeping Stephen going!!! Jay is a wonderful organiser who is great at resourcing things/ contacts and fixing it for us. But she shuns the publicity but clearly we could not have done it without her! I would also like to thank John Ford for his general technical expertise and support and for keeping us going in tea and coffee during pre walk meetings !
David Campbell and Colour Copy Shop in Savoy Centre Glasgow for t-shirt printing.
Jason Miles, Scotlands Bothy, Scottish Gifts and Tee Shirt Printing 39 George Street , Aberdeen. for the printing of Jim Morrison's TShirt printing.
Grant Batchelor for the loan of the Flip Camera for the walk .
Alison Macleod from Off the Peg in Dingwall for taking sponsor forms etc.
Gary Robertson The Commercial Hotel Alness for the same.
Lynda Campbell Highland Council Deaf Services and all at 4 Fodderty Way Dingwall for taking a sponsor sheet.
Audrey Campbell & the Management of Alness Co-op Pharmarchy for taking a sponsor sheet and collecting can in their shop.
Shannon Hindmarch& Michelle Gallacher Macmillan Cancer Support North Scotland Fundraiser & communications officer, for t-shirts , collecting cans and publicity for the Challenge.
Judith Ross, Community Fundraiser; Maggie's Centre Inverness. for publicity materials etc & hosting the final party.
Laura Mackie Reservations Manager Kingsmills Hotel Inverness for discount accommodation and meals.
Alison Gordon Editor of the Ardross What's on Newsletter for her article.
Peter Barrett from St Mathews Church Perth, for printing an article in their Church Magazine.
June Ross from Alness & District Times for publishing an article.
Sue from Maxwell Mearns Church for advertising the walk and Phyl Campbell's involvement. in the chuch notices.
Rev Rob Jones & his congregation at Rosskeen Parish Church Alness, for their support and sponsorship.
Rev Lesley Moreley and all the Congregation of Giffnock United Reform Church for their magazine article and filling sponsor sheets.
Gary Pews of Your Radio, for publicising Stephen's Footsteps Challenge & Promoting the On the Road Charity Single on Your Radio.
Julie Brewer & Mrs Campbell and all the Pupils of Ardross Primary School for collecting their penny's in collection boxes and competing in the Stephen's Footsteps Challenge Quiz.
Donald Lothian and his Williamwood Pipe Band for piping us off from Glasgow Heliport on 30th April 2011.
Mrs Joan Urquart, Bank Manager of the Royal Bank of Sotland in Beauly for arrangingStephen's Footsteps Challenge Bank Account.
Janet Macaulay West Dumbartonshire Council Planning Department for arranging permission to collect in Milingavie High Street on 30/04/2011. Also a thank you to Save the Children for allowing us to incroach in their street collection at the start of the West Highland Way.
I would like to give a Big Thank You to the Lady at Alness Post Office who haded in my lost Ipod which I need for my training and the walk!.
April Sutherland and the Management of Ace Security for advertising the walk and website in their newsletter and payslips.Ace Security are also going to financial support some of the running costs of the Footsteps Challenge including the fuel for the campervan.
Bill & May Ralston from Evanton for their contribution towards the running costs of Stephen's footsteps Challenge.
David Downey & Kenny Kane Manager of Skerryvore & Catalyst Events Agency Group for all the band's assistance in helping to raise funds in various ways (including releasing a Charity Single 'On the Road') and also raising the awareness of Stephen's Challenge in loads of ways including join us and keeping our spirits up by entertained us on the route!. The guys at Limelight for sond and lightening at Maggie's centre concert. Check out their Website it is worth a look the band are magic ! We could not mention Skerryvore without mentioning the inspiration Cancer Charity Music Video On the Road, now available on You Tube. This video is a message of hope and features the last few miles to the Maggie's Centre. A big thank you also to Alison Ness for making the Stephen & Skerryvore On the Road cake!
Richard Morrison and Chad at Reality Adventure Works Ltd for supporting & publicising the challenge in their website and helping with the fund raising efforts.
Lynne Duncan School of Dancing, I would like to thank Lynne Duncan ( Carter) for her dancing classes raising around £1,400 for the challenge by doing sponsored silences- shshsh ! I was presented with a cheque at their Dance Show on June 4th at Mitchell Theatre Glasgow. it was great to meet the dancers and thanking them personally for their great effort.
A big thank you to the Ardross Community for their support especially to the Ardross WRI for their donation & Ardross & District Film Club as well as all those who donated to the walk at John B Mcmillan's ' The Virgin Backpacker' Presentation in Ardross Community Hall.
Olly Rawsborne from Greenacres B&B Ardross for making a large knitted doll who is a One Man Band and it will be raffled for Stephen's Footsteps Challenge .
Pat Masterman for donating the retiral collection from the Funeral
Service for he husband John Masterman on 25th April to Stephen's Footsteps Challenge.Pat and family are also joining us on parts of the walk. This collection raised the sum of £170.
Thanks to Sammy of Sammy's Chip Shop Caol for lovely fish suppers and your personal donation.
Willie Morrison Journalist with North Star & Bobby Nelson (www. Breaking News.com) photographer for an excellent featuire on the Challenge. Log onto www.north-star-news.co.uk for the full article 21/04/2011.Gregor from the South Side Extra for his newspaper article.
Thanks also to the P&J , Herald, Evening Times who also featured articles about the walk. A thanks to Eileen Ross, Isobel & Bell Campbell from Nevis Radio.
Thank you to Ron Gray for featuring the walk on his walking clubs website.
A big thankyou to Acalode Partnership for their practical and financial support.
A big thank you to all my friends & Family who are joined me on the walk and are named else where in this site.
We would like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to the Stephen's Footsteps Challenge in any way. We have had great fun, great scenery and good craick. We have raised awareness of cancer issues and raised lots of money(Over £10,00) for both Maggie's Centre and Macmillian Cancer Support. We have proven that you can build a life beyond cancer ! God Bless You all.
Stephen & Pat Mackay x