The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has awarded grants of up to £200 to local groups to encourage activites in the park.
Nearly £2500 has been awarded to 15 local groups so elderly people can go on outings and enjoy activities in the National Park.
Grants of between £48 and £200 were given out to groups who applied for the funds which were raised by staff and board members of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) through raffles, cake sales and charity events.
Chair of the Social and Charitable Fund Clare Muckart said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of applications and stories of how groups would use the money so elderly members could enjoy activities that many of us take for granted.
“We asked for applications from elderly groups as we had previously helped local youth groups with funding. It was difficult to decide who should benefit and unfortunately we couldn’t give to everyone but our fund raising efforts will carry on.”
“Many of the grant applications asked for help towards transport costs to get to places of interest in the Park such as the Speyside Way, the Highland Folk Museum and the historic site of Auchtavan. Others wished to spend a day walking in a different area of the Park to where they’re from, go up Cairngorm Mountain on the funicular or get help towards equipment or facilities that help keep them active.”
One of the groups, Ballater Walking to Health Group, said they were “delighted” with the cheque.
The Ballater group was formed in 2004 as part of the Upper Deeside Walking to health project which uses trained and supported volunteers to deliver health walks catering to all levels of fitness in and around Deeside.