We held our Big Arran Challenge on Saturday. The rain stayed off, the wind was calm and the temperature was ideal for climbing Goatfell, cycling round the island or both.

Our fabulous volunteers were on hand at four water stations to pass out energy bars, water and bananas and to encourage and support our participants. We also had three folks in the kitchen at the Orimdale Centre making homemade soup, toasties and wraps to feed everyone once they had finished their challenge. Of course, there was also a fine selection of cakes to replace the spent calories!

Volunteers are essential to Glasgow City Mission every week at our City Centre Project, Child and Family Centre and Overnight Welcome Centre. The Big Arran Challenge could not go ahead without their support, we are so grateful for that support on Saturday.

On behalf of the Mission, and especially our guests, we also want to thank the 40 participants. They were a great group, including the “Non Hairy Bikers” from Aberdeen! All gave lots of endeavour, liberally laced with humour, as they raised money to support those affected by homelessness and poverty in Glasgow. If you want to recognise their efforts, you can donate directly here: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/21358.

We leave you with two quotes from participants. Jordan said: “Thanks for organising such an incredible event, thoroughly enjoyed it and had the best time.” Carolyn, one of the “Non Hairy bikers” spoke for her group of friends, saying, “We had great fun at the weekend. It was a well-organised event with the most friendly and helpful volunteers and helpers! Thank you so much to all involved for making it such a fun and enjoyable day! 😁”