WEST HIGHLANDS TOURISM ATTRACTION HELPS LOCAL CHARITIES BOOST COFFERS

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Tha an là fosgailte bliadhnail (24 An t-Ògmhios) aig a 'Ice Factor' Ceann Loch Lìobhann, the world’s largest indoor ice-climbing facility and a 5-star Tadhail h-Alba adventure tourism centre in the west highlands has helped raise £ 726 for a number of local and national charities, including Down aig Syndrome na h-Alba.

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 December. Tha airgead a thogail spionnadh as ùire a-nis a 'ciallachadh gum bhon Fhaoilleach 2017, Ice Factor Kinlochleven has helped the village raise over £2186 for good causes.

Rè an latha fosgailte, climbers and non-climbers alike and for just £5pp could scale the ballaichean creige and experience the thrill of the 15m high outdoor aerial dàna cùrsa. Locals and visitors to the £3.6m facility in Kinlochleven also enjoyed sreap deighe a-, browsing various stalls, cloinne aghaidh a 'peantadh, a raffle and took the chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere with freshly prepared food in Ice Factor Café.

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Ach, 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 Down aig Syndrome na h-Alba 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 Mac a 'Ghobhainn, Stiùiriche Obraichean aig Ice Factor Ceann Loch Lìobhann, thuirt: "Tha bhliadhnail Ice Factor latha fosgailte a tha gach bliadhna a chumail mar spòrs agus a 'choimhearsnachd spioradaile tachartas a tha ag amas air taic a thoirt do charthannais, brosnachadh sean is òg a 'faighinn eòlas air a h-uile gnìomhach agus gu bheil ar choisinn duais goireas a tha a' tabhann.

“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, £ 2.186 mar-thà air a bhith air a thogail airson fìor dheagh adhbharan, gabhail a-steach Down aig Syndrome na h-Alba. "

Down aig Syndrome na h-Alba, 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. Ach, many children with Down’s syndrome attend mainstream school and many adults can live independently and hold down jobs.