Gil­lian’s aim­ing to make ‘hus­tle’ help

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A PERTHSHIRE wo­man who is set­ting up a new foun­da­tion to pro­mote health and ex­er­cise is hop­ing to get celebrity back­ing.

For­mer High­land dance cham­pion Gil­lian Urquhart, from Scone, who runs dance fit­ness com­pany High­land Hus­tle, is set­ting up the foun­da­tion, Hus­tle Helps, to ben­e­fit peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She is kick­ing off with a fundrais­ing ceilidh in Mur­rayshall House Ho­tel, Scone, and has ex­tended in­vi­ta­tions to Lor­raine Kelly as well as lo­cal politi­cians John Swin­ney and Pete Wishart to join in the fun and help raise money for the cause.

Gil­lian, 43, said: “Lor­raine Kelly has ac­tu­ally joined in one of my classes, so it would be great to get her sup­port.

“The foun­da­tion is be­ing set up to pro­mote healthy liv­ing and ex­er­cise. We know it can be ex­pen­sive to get equip­ment or venues, so we hope to be able to help any cash-strapped or­gan­i­sa­tions and, in do­ing so, bring back the em­pha­sis of the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise to our health.”

Gil­lian, a for­mer PE teacher who per­formed as a solo dancer in the Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too, set up High­land Hus­tle to bring the ben­e­fits of High­land dance train­ing to the wider pub­lic. Af­ter three years, the regime is now in seven coun­tries, with more than 200 classes.

De­tails of the ceilidh on Novem­ber 11 can be ac­cessed at high­land­hus­tle.com.

For­mer addict John Wylie (main im­age) and, in­set above, Con­nor Clark and Karen Kennedy.

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