Strathcarron Hospice has big plans for fundraising

Four teachers from Nethermains Primary School will run the Strathcarron 10k on Sunday in memory of janitor Drew Young
Four teachers from Nethermains Primary School will run the Strathcarron 10k on Sunday in memory of janitor Drew Young

Strathcarron Hospice 
continue on its fundraising mission to make sure it can continue to provide palliative care.

The Denny hospice needs to bring in £10,000 of donations every single day to continue to support those with terminal illness, both at the hospice and at home.

To do so, it is holding a road race, talk from historian Neil Oliver and a ‘spooktacular’ in the coming weeks.

The popular Strathcarron 10k road race will go ahead this Sunday in Denny with hundreds of runners pounding the pavements for a good cause.

It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the hospice and popular with experienced and novice runners.

Staff from Nethermains Primary are tackling the course in memory of their school janitor Drew who passed away at the hospice aged just 52.

Teachers Scott Millar (P6), Stuart McFarlane (P5), Sarah Russell (P7) and enhanced provisions teacher Tabatha Thompson decided to run to help the hospice that proved invaluable to Drew, who worked at the school for 19 years.

Scott said: “Drew was a huge part of the school and even after he had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and was receiving palliative care, he continued to come to work. He worked up until a couple of months before his death and his passing left a big impact on the school. The funeral procession even passed by the playground and the children watched to pay their respects.

“We wanted to honour Drew and the 10k seemed fitting.”

The teachers have a Just Giving page at, if you would like to donate.

Historian and TV personality Neil Oliver will to do a talk for Strathcarron on Wednesday, October 7 at Macrobert in Stirling.

Holding Out For A Hero will focus on heroic people from Scotland’s past and the Stirling-based Coast and History of Scotland presenter is giving his time for free so all proceeds go to Strathcarron.

Neil will talk about heroes from his childhood to characters as diverse as the Demons of Camerone and the Penlee Lifeboat disaster that have captured his imagination. He hopes to look at how we find our national heroes and what they tell us about ourselves and society.

Tickets cost £12 and are available by calling Macrobert on or by calling 01786 466666.

On Halloween, Strathcarron is hosting a Spooky Wooky Walk at Callendar Park for younger children and a Terror Trail for bigger, braver types.

The event for younger children features ghosting and guising, while the terror trail is a guaranteed scream-fest with zombies and scares round every turn. Both events run from 6-8pm on October 31.

The hospice is looking for volunteers to take on parts as zombies, ghosts and ghouls. If you would like to offer your services, call Coleena on (01324) 826222 or email