Boots From Bield are Definitely Made for Walking

by Sarah Fairley

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Kintyre Walk 3A footsore pair of fundraisers have marched almost 100 miles to raise hundreds of pounds to help older people living with dementia.

Bield employee Kevin Rowe recruited his friend Natalie Ross to join him on his latest fundraising effort for Bield’s care services.

The pair successfully completed a 96 mile walk along the Kintyre Way in six days, raising over £400 which will go towards providing care service across Bield’s developments in Scotland.

Starting in Tarbert and finishing west of Southend, they walked on average for eight hours or 16 miles every day.

Kevin Rowe, who has been the Fundraiser at Bield for more than five years, said: “I am so pleased with the money we have managed to raise by walking the Kintyre Way and especially with Natalie’s efforts as this was her first long-distance walk. It was also her suggestion originally to raise money for Bield at the same time so she was the real driving force behind it.

“It was very difficult and boggy in places, lots of hills to climb and lots of fog to battle through. However, it remained mostly dry, the scenery was beautiful and with all the money we were raising, we knew that it would all be worth it in end.

“We were aiming to walk the full 100 miles from Tarbert to Machrihanish but unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions and our imperfect navigational skills, we hKintyre Walk 4ad to turn back to Southend during the last section for safety’s sake. However, we still managed 96 miles which is pretty good and still longer than the original 87 mile route so not bad at all.

“The money raised will benefit Bield tenants in so many ways & I would like to thank everyone who has donated. We greatly appreciate it and your money will help us enhance and enrich the lives of the older people we care for.”

Following on from this fundraising walk Kevin will also be leading a 27 mile walk along the John Muir Way from Kirkintilloch to Linlithgow.

This walk will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6 and Kevin is inviting anyone who would like to take part in the walk to join in to raise money for their own local development or a service close to their heart. You can join for just one section or the whole twoKintyre Walk 2 days and the terrain will be fairly flat so it will suit all abilities from some of our older care users to our younger staff members.

If you would like more information you can contact Kevin by emailing

Alternatively, if you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause you can do so by visiting the Bield JustGiving Fundraising page



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