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Charity fundraiser is teed up for Grantown and Forres

By Gavin Musgrove

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TEED-UP: Jodie Clayton (right) and fellow Gordon & MacPhail fundraisers will be doing their bit for charity again tomorrow.
TEED-UP: Jodie Clayton (right) and fellow Gordon & MacPhail fundraisers will be doing their bit for charity again tomorrow.

An intrepid team from Gordon & MacPhail will be visiting the firm’s new distillery – by foot – to raise funds for Moray Women’s Aid.

With the Elgin-based company on track to open their second distillery early next year, they decided to do a sponsored walk along the Dava Way.

They will be trekking between their two distilleries – The Cairn currently taking shape at Craggan by Grantown and the company’s other site, Benromach at Forres.

But as if that wasn’t enough, they decided they will play a round of golf at each end with some of the fundraiser carrying their own clubs and bag along the way.

Fortunately, it looks as if the sun will be shining on them.

Charity organiser Jodie Clayton said: “Our colleagues are a pretty energetic bunch, and we have had some amazing feats over the years to raise money for local charities, but this one surely takes things a few steps further.

“We all know the issues charities have faced during lockdown with difficulties in fundraising, so we were determined to do something that would make a big impact and encourage donations.

“We now have 10 of our colleagues signed up for it – and some are even promising to carry their clubs for the whole challenge. And another 11 are going to do the walk.”

Work started on The Cairn on the banks of the River Spey in July, last year.

It is a second distillery for family-owned Gordon & MacPhail, who originally bought Benromach Distillery in the 1990s.

The challenge will start at 6am when the golfers tee off at Grantown Golf Club, with the walkers joining them to journey up the Dava Way at 9am, finishing with a second round at Forres Golf Club.

They will have walked a whopping 32 miles by the end of the challenge.

All the money raised will go to Gordon & MacPhail’s nominated charity for 2021.

Moray Women’s Aid provides practical and emotional support to women who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse.

Like many other charities, they have faced difficulties raising funds through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Craggan site will add further distillation capacity, and is a key part of continuing to build a long-term sustainable business.

The distillery will also provide visitor tours and tastings.

Donations can be made here

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