Home-Start Aberdeen saw a team of families, volunteers and staff take part in a 2.6 Mini Marathon challenge in May.

Eighteen adults and children took part to raise awareness and funds for the charity by walking, cycling and scooting 2.6 miles a day over 10 days to clock up a marathon distance of 26 miles each.

Combined the team raised over £1,000 whilst travelling over 468 miles, the equivalent distance of travelling from Aberdeen to Belfast and back.

One participant, 6 year-old Katie Buckley whose mum is a volunteer for Home-Start Aberdeen, cycled 26 miles on her new bike and raised £570.

Angela Buckley, Katie’s mum said: “Katie loved it! It was her birthday the week the challenge was announced, and she got her new ‘blue’ bike. She just started whizzing all over the place and was desperate to take up the challenge. It did wonders for her confidence cycling and she was so pleased to raise money to help other families.”

“I’ve been a volunteer for Home-Start for two years now and its been really hard not seeing the families I support during the Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions.

Families have been struggling and it’s been a very challenging time for many. We’ve continued to support families remotely as best we can to be there for them but I can’t wait to be able to see them properly again.