Fundraiser Proves He Can Walk the Walk

by Kate Foster

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Kev Finish Leaping Large (1)A charity fundraiser has proved he can ‘walk the walk’ by raising over £500 in a long-distance hike.

Kevin Rowe, Fundraiser at Bield Housing & Care, has demonstrated his commitment to the charity by walking the Great Glen Way.

Kevin completed the 79 mile walk from Fort William to Inverness, adding to a total of over £1,000 that he has personally raised for Bield so far.

Bield is Scotland’s leading provider of housing and care for older people and is a registered charity, depending on vital donations to provide quality care which enhances and enriches lives.

Kevin says he’s keen to lead by example and place the fundraising onus on himself.

The money raised will go towards care services for older people living with dementia.

Bield’s philosophy is “Free to Be”, meaning people in its care control their life while being given the support necessary to do so.

The walk took in a number of sights along the way including Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Invermoriston Bridge and Gairlochy Lighthouse.

Prior to this year, he completed both the West Highland Way and climbing Ben Nevis in 2011, raising nearly £1,000 for Bield.

Kevin  said: ““We were very lucky with the weather and it was a fantastic walk. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far allowing us to raise over £500 to help older people in Scotland.”

And it’s not too late to donate to Kevin’s cause. You can visit or text KRGG79 £10 to 70070 to make an instant £10 donation.

Brian Logan, Chief Executive at Bield said: “Recognising the role of fundraisers is very important as they play a crucial role within Bield and Kevin clearly leads by example.

“We are so grateful that Kevin, alongside other Bield staff members, tenants, care givers & their family and friends take the time to raise money for our homes.

“We hope that more people will get involved with fundraising as it is of utmost importance to provide additional services to Bield’s residents.”

Bield is a registered charity which has grown from humble beginnings, starting out with one housing development in Bo’ness in 1971, to becoming a major provider of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 22 local authority areas.

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