Two groups of young people will be doing a sponsored walk tomorrow, Saturday 14 April, to raise funds for a much needed new minibus for the Lewis and Harris Youth Association and Scaladale Centre.

At 9am one group of 17 young walkers will set off from Cameron Terrace and walk to the Scaladale Centre in Harris, the walk is expected to take at least seven hours! Meanwhile a second group of five will set off from Tarbert to also walk to the Scaladale Centre. Both groups will be joined by one of the centres instructors.

Sean Ziehm-Stephen, manager of the Scaladale centre said: "Please take care passing us and please donate."

The routes have been chosen as the most common drive for the now-retired bus that needs replacing, and it also highlights how necessary the bus is to get youth groups and all the equipment to the centre or to more remote areas for the range of activities which the centre runs. 

To donate visit the LHYCA Minibus Fund Virgin Money giving page which gives further details on why the bus is so needed:

"After 17 years of excellent service our old minibus has finally taken well-deserved retirement. Over the years it has allowed us to serve many youth groups across the islands. It enabled us to give the islands’ youth fantastic opportunities to learn and develop in our amazing outdoor environment.

"We are asking for your support to help us continue this by contributing to the purchase of a replacement minibus. This will be used to support youth work across Lewis and Harris through affiliated youth clubs, Scaladale Outdoor Centre and LHYCA events.

"A replacement bus will allow access to transport for youth clubs, and help LHYCA to run events for clubs including inter club events and our outdoors activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, archery and gorge walking. It will also enable continuity and expansion of our Scaladale Centre youth programmes such as Summer Activities, John Muir Award and Sailing Week."