Smile of Ar­ran keeps on giv­ing

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Mem­bers of the Smile of Ar­ran charity, which holds an an­nual fundrais­ing walk around Ar­ran, have once again com­pleted their is­land cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion in or­der to raise funds for chil­dren and fam­i­lies af­fected by brain tu­mours.

Set­ting off after host­ing a stall at the Brod­ick High­land Games on Satur­day Au­gust 4, 27 par­tic­i­pants started their 55-mile walk, in­clud­ing Alison Tosh, her hus­band Steve and two daugh­ters Ab­bie and Chloe.

It was in 2014 that the Tosh fam­ily suf­fered the dev­as­tat­ing loss of their 13- year-old son Ar­ran, who sadly passed away within days of be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour. In mem­ory Ar­ran, the Tosh fam­ily, from Sud­bury, Suf­folk, started the Smile of Ar­ran Trust which pro­vides grants and sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who have been af­fected by brain tu­mours and brain can­cer.

Through their fundrais­ing they also make do­na­tions to­wards brain can­cer and brain tu­mour re­search.

Par­tic­u­larly poignant this year, the year in which Ar­ran would have turned 18, the charity sur­passed the £200,000 mark, with many or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceiv­ing gen­er­ous do­na­tions to as­sist with their re­search and run­ning costs.

Most re­cently the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal re­ceived £5,000 for its on­go­ing sup­port of chil­dren with brain tu­mours or brain in­juries.

Fam­i­lies are also able to ac­cess grants through the pro­gramme called Ar­ran Grants which is avail­able through the charity’s web­site. Alison said: Thank you so much to all of the fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers who have con­trib­uted in how­ever way, large or small, to the Smile of Ar­ran Trust. There are too many to men­tion, but we have to thank Lam­lash Bay Golf Club man­agers, The Lam­lash Bay Ho­tel and the Ar­ran Team who have been so gen­er­ous with their sup­port. Thanks too, to Sheila Gil­mour of Visit Ar­ran whose un­wa­ver­ing sup­port is much ap­pre­ci­ated, and to ev­ery­one on Ar­ran who has helped us along the way.’

The Smile of Ar­ran Trust has re­ceived a great deal of sup­port from is­lan­ders and from celebrity back­ers, in­clud­ing the Pro­claimers and numer­ous in­di­vid­u­als who fundraise through var­i­ous spon­sored events. No­tably on Ar­ran, David Stirk of the Cre­ative Whisky Com­pany raised £7,000 through a lim­ited edi­tion run of bot­tles of whisky, con­tain­ing eight-year-old whisky from the Ar­ran Dis­tillery.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the fundrais­ing ef­forts, Ar­ran’s story, or if you need help or sup­port, can be found on the trust’s web­site at https://smile­o­far­ran.org

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Alison and Steve Tosh, cen­tre, sur­rounded by fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers who joined them for this years around Ar­ran walk.

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