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Relay was just what the Aviemore doctors ordered


By Tom Ramage

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ON DUTY: Louise Orr (left) passes the baton to Dr Gemma Munro during the relay.
ON DUTY: Louise Orr (left) passes the baton to Dr Gemma Munro during the relay.

Never was the phrase ‘NHS 24’ more appropriate than at Aviemore over the weekend.

The village’s health centre staff and friends put in an epic effort from Saturday to Sunday with a relay from Aviemore to the summit of Meall a’Bhuachaille.

“It all went really well,” said Dr Gill Irvine.

“We managed to reach the summit nine times in the allotted time – which we were quite pleased with!”

Their heroic achievement, staged in aid of more and better medical equipment for the practice, encountered a wide range of conditions from beginning to end.

“We cycled and ran n rain, mist and all kinds of weather.,” said Gill, “and three of the climbs were completed in the dark, too!”

The amazing team also comprised a wide variety of ages, including a three-year-old (although the little star did have some assistance, we’re told) and there were several dogs involved too, all of them utterly in their element.

A very satisfied Gill, after getting her breath back, said: “We’ve already raised over £1500 which we are delighted with but hopefully will manage to increase this further.”

FEELING PEAKY: At the 810m summit, Dr Chris Robinson..
FEELING PEAKY: At the 810m summit, Dr Chris Robinson..

The whole magnificent gesture was staged in aid of the Aviemore Medical Equipment Trust, whose mission is to fund-raise and provide extra medical equipment for the local medical and healthcare services, which in turn benefits the people of Aviemore.

Surgery to Summit’s healthy mix of biking, walking and running, brought together health centre and community staff stalwarts to see that there was plenty in the coffers to acquire more equipment like the ECG machine featured in last week’s Strathy. AMET funds can be accessed by healthcare teams in Aviemore.

Dr Alistair Appleby reaches the top of his relay run
Dr Alistair Appleby reaches the top of his relay run

n Anyone wanting to donate to the cause can still do so at www.JustGiving.com/crowdfunding/amet2021.


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