Sarah Brown and fa­mous friends be­gin epic quest

CHAR­ITY: Group of five will walk 117 miles to raise cash for Their­world

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - LEEZA CLARK leclark@the­courier.co.uk

“We’re go­ing to be hos­pi­talised from hi­lar­ity.”

That’s what hap­pens when five close friends who don’t get to meet up as of­ten as they would like de­cide to em­bark on the lit­tle mat­ter of a 117-mile walk to­gether. As you do.

Sarah Brown and a group of celebrity friends set out yes­ter­day to walk the Fife Coastal Path for Their­world, a char­ity which aims to give chil­dren the best start in life.

The hik­ers in­cluded Great Bri­tish Bake-Off and QI host Sandi Toksvig and her wife Deb­bie, in­ter­na­tional best­selling au­thor Kathy Lette and ac­tress and au­thor Ara­bella Weir.

They started off in North Queens­ferry and will end five days later in New­port.

The idea came from Sarah, wife of for­mer prime min­is­ter Gor­don Brown, with the aim of rais­ing £20,000 for her Their­world char­ity.

With Ara­bella a trus­tee, Sandi an am­bas­sador and Kathy on the ad­vi­sory board, Sarah said: “They have all been re­ally sup­port­ive.

“They have all been in­volved in it for a long time.”

She stressed the vi­tal work Their­work does in bring­ing ed­u­ca­tion and skills to those chil­dren who oth­er­wise may not have the best start in life.

With some of its early projects hav­ing their roots in Fife 15 years ago, she said it was lovely com­ing back to take on the hik­ing chal­lenge.

Al­ready more than £15,000 of the £20,000 tar­get has been raised.

The group, hav­ing done 11 miles, stopped off for lunch at Sands restau­rant in Aber­dour.

But where was Kathy?

“She’s our fastest walker and we’re a bit too slow for her, so she shot off ahead,” re­vealed Sarah.

When she did ar­rive, she ad­mit­ted hav­ing lost her way a bit but had clocked

They have all been re­ally sup­port­ive. They have all been in­volved in it for a long time. SARAH BROWN

up 17 miles. Call­ing for hag­gis to sus­tain her, Kathy added the group would be hos­pi­talised by hi­lar­ity as the trip pro­gressed.

For Sandi, who has been train­ing by “eat­ing cake”, it was a wel­come re­turn to Fife fol­low­ing the run­away suc­cess of her key­note speech at this year’s Adam Smith Foun­da­tion Fes­ti­val of Ideas.

To­day, the group will meet up with staff and sup­port­ers of the Cot­tage Fam­ily Cen­tre be­fore a stroll along Kirk­caldy High Street to the Har­bour­mas­ter’s café in Dysart.

Day three will see them head through Elie, St Mo­nans and Pit­ten­weem be­fore a fish sup­per at the An­struther Fish Bar.

They hope peo­ple will come out to say hello en route.

Do­na­tions can be made on­line at https://www.just­giv­ing.com/fund rais­ing/ their world fife walk or in the walk­ers’ col­lec­tion buck­ets.

Pic­ture: Ge­orge McLuskie.

From left: Sarah Brown, Sandi Toksvig, her wife Deb­bie and Ara­bella Weir are tak­ing on the Fife Coastal Path.

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