THE ANNUAL Arbroath Yomp was launched in the town’s Royal British Legion Scotland on Tuesday night. Organisers hope it will be the biggest one yet.
The charity event sees fund-raisers undertake a route from Inchcape Park in Arbroath to Easthaven car park and back.
But this year the yomp will set off from both Arbroath and Easthaven simultaneously with participants from Carnoustie encouraged to join in with the event on Sunday, April 3.
The Woodlands Garden Trust, which aims to create a memorial garden at RM Condor, is set to benefit from the money raised along with the ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk fund.’
The fund hopes to raise the £80,000 needed so two-year-old Carnoustie twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch, who suffer from cerebral palsy, can travel to America to undergo surgery to help them walk unaided.
Councillor David Fairweather, one of the organisers of the yomp, said: “We are delighted that for the first time we will have ‘yompers’ from Carnoustie in aid of the ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk Fund.’
“And the Woodlands Garden at Condor is to be the main beneficiary from the Arbroath side.
“Anyone can take part and if they want, they can chose their own charity or raise funds for their own club or split their funds between the two charities on the sponsor form.”
Major Charlie Breech commented: “It is wonderful that the Arbroath community is getting behind the Woodlands Garden project and it is much appreciated by 45 Commando Group.
While Chloe and Ayley’s mum Averil Fleming added: “I think it is really great that the Arbroath yomp is supporting us and we would like to thank all concerned.”
The RNLI will be there on the day of the yomp and will start the event at both locations.
Anybody wanting to take part can pick up a sponsor form from Carpet Disco, 17 Millgate, Arbroath or from Jimmy Jack on 07708344912.