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La journée portes ouvertes annuelle (24 juin) à Ice Factor Kinlochleven, the world’s largest indoor ice-climbing facility and a 5-star Visit Scotland adventure tourism centre in the west highlands has helped raise 726 £ for a number of local and national charities, comprenant Syndrome de Down Scotland.

The monies raised also help the local community to annually organise a visit for local children from Santa with his 2017 appearance planned for 2 décembre. La dernière campagne de financement signifie maintenant que depuis Janvier 2017, Ice Factor Kinlochleven has helped the village raise over £2186 for good causes.

Au cours de la journée portes ouvertes, climbers and non-climbers alike and for just £5pp could scale the parois rocheuses and experience the thrill of the 15m high outdoor parcours d'hébertisme aérien. Locals and visitors to the £3.6m facility in Kinlochleven also enjoyed escalade sur glace, browsing various stalls, La peinture de visage pour les enfants, a raffle and took the chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere with freshly prepared food in Café Ice Factor.

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toutefois, the day of fundraising started 21 miles north in Fort William when plucky charity volunteers and their families undertook a Gangnam style walk from the town to join the open day at Ice Factor Kinlochleven.

Kay McDuff from Kinlochleven and her 13 year-old son called Mark, who has Down’s syndrome, is a leading light in the fundraising drive for Down’s Syndrome Scotland. Kay said: “Thanks to a huge community led effort, we have managed to raise much needed funds for Syndrome de Down Scotland and a number of other charities.

“Some of us have very tired legs after the walk from Fort William but it was lovely to see so many people from near and far join the fun at the Ice Factor open day and to help contribute so generously to our fundraising effort. Huge thanks to all.”

Tracey Smith, Directeur des opérations à Ice Factor Kinlochleven, a commenté: « La journée portes ouvertes annuelle Ice Factor est organisé chaque année comme un événement esprit ludique et communautaire qui vise à soutenir la charité, encourager les jeunes et les moins jeunes à être actifs et découvrir tout ce que notre prix installation gagnante a à offrir.

“The open day gives all local charities the opportunity to come together to raise funds for causes close to their heart. Ice Factor is very proud that as part of a small west highland village, 2186 £ a déjà été soulevé pour des causes très valables, y compris le syndrome de Down Scotland « .

Syndrome de Down Scotland, that has local branches throughout the country, is the only charity in Scotland focused solely on the needs of people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers. The charity reports that approximately 750 babies are born every year in the UK with the congenital condition that affects learning. toutefois, many children with Down’s syndrome attend mainstream school and many adults can live independently and hold down jobs.