Hike? Bike? Anyway you like for charity fund

A Deeside church is encouraging people to climb Banchory’s Scolty Hill in any manner they wish to raise funds for an African health centre.

Banchory West Church has been supporting the Aba Urban Health Centre in South- eastern Nigeria since 2002 and hopes it latest appeal will bring in even more funds.

Now the church has planned an event for Saturday, September 21 called ‘hike, bike, anyway you like’, in which participants, either in a team or individually, will decide how they will ascend and descend the Deeside landmark.

The event starts at 1pm from the Scolty car park and all teams should arrive at the top of Scolty between 1:45 pm and 3:45 pm to claim a tea ticket.

As further encouragement prizes will be awarded for best dressed (team and individual); Most imaginative method of ascent (team and individual); Most legs in the team (dogs included); highest total number of years in team and most funds raised by team.

After all the hill walking a welcome cup of tea will be served in the Centenary Hall, West Church from 3:45 pm, where the prize giving will take place.

A statement from the Church said: “The health centre has been providing healthcare for over 250,000 people living in a deprived part of Aba city since 1999. It is especially important as it is the only facility able to deliver affordable immunisation, ante-natal and healthcare education in the area.”

Team entry forms will be available from Jenny Smith (820253, smithaj007@gmail.com) or the West Church office (822006,office@banchorywestchurch.com). Teams must complete the entry form and try to raise funds.