New to the Inverness Highland Games this year is a special relay race to raise money for charity. The 4x100m race is a great way for the local community to support good causes and allows us to highlight the amazing work charities are doing in the area.
Charities taking part in the race this year are MFR’s Cash for Kids, Mikeysline, Highland Hospice, and Poppy Scotland.
MFR Cash For Kids
MFR Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity raising money to give children in the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire a brighter future. Groups, charities and individuals can apply for funding, with the focus being on children who are unwell, living with a disability, additional needs, in poverty or those simply needing a little extra support in life. On top of their General Grant rounds the MFR Cash for Kids Board have established an Emergency Appeal to support children and families with basic essentials. Schools, charities and social services can refer children to them for support with items such as footwear, clothing, toiletries, bedding, school uniform and even food and support with energy costs.
Mikeysline was founded in 2015 after a tragic number of suicides in the Highlands and was set up with 4 main aims:
1. Help fight the Highland wide problem of chronic loneliness.
2. Provide a light in the dark for those in the depths of depression.
3. Offer a distraction from thoughts leaning towards self-harm.
4. Tackle head on the staggering rate of suicide in the Highlands.
People struggle on a daily basis with a multitude of emotional and mental health difficulties, yet only a fraction of people feel able to talk about it. No matter what the issue, however big or small, Mikeysline are there to listen and support adults and young people across the Highlands. They offer one to one support appointments for adults and young people from age 11, in the Hive Centre, Inverness and at our outreach Hives in Alness, Tain and Nairn as well as in schools and workplaces.
When faced with life shortening illness, death and bereavement, the people of the Highlands deserve the best possible care and support. At Highland Hospice their ambition is to ensure they receive this.
As well as providing direct services, they want to serve care professionals and informal carers in the Highland community by sharing knowledge and resources so they can provide the best care they can.
Highland Hospice Inpatient Unit and Day Therapy Centres offer specialist support to patients with an advancing, life shortening illness. By managing pain and other physical symptoms, they help make time and space for reflection, for gaining perspective and for achieving a measure of calm and tranquillity. Crucially, their team also offers advice with the emotional, social and spiritual issues that may arise and works with patients, families and carers at a time of transition to help them enjoy, value and commemorate life.
Poppy Scotland provide support for current and former members of the Armed Forces as well as their families. This support, in recognition of their sacrifices and service, is holistic and bespoke.
They have helped countless men, women and families with issues linked to their time in the Armed Forces or with struggles adjusting from military to civilian life. They even help with needs that have arisen long after someone has left the Armed Forces. Whenever, wherever support is needed, They are there.