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Striding out for Amanda

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Striding out for Amanda

A GROUP of friends and colleagues are tackling Dumfries and Galloway’s very own three peaks in memory of a ‘remarkable’ woman.

Staff from the NHS’s Out of Hours service will climb Criffel, Screel and Merrick on June 25 to raise money for Sports Driving Unlimited.
Their challenge has been inspired by the death of the charity’s founder and lead coach, Amanda Saville-Nisbet, of Boreland near Lockerbie, from cancer in February.
Sue Kirkpatrick knew Amanda – who also set up Chariots of Fire – and has organised the event.
She said: “Amanda’s death was a real blow for the people involved with Sports Driving Unlimited.
“Everyone who knew her or saw her work with horses knows she was a remarkable woman. She was also a no-nonsense kind of person. She would have wanted the charity to carry on as normal and I want to help make that happen.
“My friend suggested a Dumfries and Galloway Three Peaks Challenge.”
A novice hillwalker, Sue said: “It’s quite daunting, until now I had never climbed a hill, but on Saturday 25 June Anne and I will be joined by several colleagues from the Out of Hours team, including co-ordinators, drivers, health care support workers and GPs.
“We’re aiming to raise £600 to help the charity continue to fund sessions for the many people who benefit from working with and driving the ponies. We’re grateful for any donation people can give for this worthwhile cause.”
Joining Sue every step of the way will be Anne Scott, who came up with the three peaks idea. She said: “Sports Driving Unlimited is a brilliant organisation and it brings pleasure to so many people, who otherwise might not get the chance to take part in such an exciting sport.”
Sue’s daughter Stephie will also take part. She has worked with the Chariots of Fire Driving Centre for the last ten years and has also supported Sports Driving Unlimited.

c”Obs Orange”n<x@p> To donate go to or pop in to the Out of Hours office at Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary to pick up a sponsor form


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