Broch ladies raise funds for good causes

Libby, Leanne and Karen have taken part in Tough Mudder.
Libby, Leanne and Karen have taken part in Tough Mudder.

Three women from Fraserburgh have taken part in the Tough Mudder endurance challenge in Edinburgh for their chosen charities.

Libby Bremner, Leanne Gavryluk and Karen Gibson, all of whom are from the Broch, took up the challenge in August.

Libby completed Tough Mudder in aid of mental health charity SAMH, Leanne raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Karen Gibson raised money for diabetes charity JDRF.

Not for the faint-hearted, Tough Mudder is a 12-mile hard-core obstacle course designed by the Marines.

Amongst the obstacles Libby, Leanne and Karen faced on the course were: ‘Arctic Enema’, where the participants were dunked into a 10ft tank of ice; ‘Everest’, which involved running up a half-pipe; and ‘Walk the Plank’ where participants had to jump 20ft into water.

But the hardest obstacle of all was ‘Electro-Therapy’, where the women had to run through wires whilst being hit by 10,000 volts of electricity.

By taking part in the endurance challenge, Libby raised £2,083 for SAMH, while Leanne raised £1,935 for Macmillan. The amount Karen raised is part of an ongoing total, raised over the course of a year.

Libby, Leanne and Karen trained since April this year to take part in Tough Mudder.

Commenting, Libby Bremner said: “The charity I chose was SAMH and it was in memory of my cousin Billy McKenzie.

“SAMH is a charity that helps individuals and families who are facing mental health issues. I thought this was a fitting challenge to do to raise money as this is the kind of thing Billy would probably do just for fun.

“We all trained very hard to run the 12-mile obstacle course. Thank you to Karen Gibson for all the pilates that kept me fit, and to Martin Macdonald at MACSimmum Fitness for the tough personal training. Also thank you to Paul Birnie Electrical Ltd for sponsoring me and for all the gear, it’s much appreciated. Thanks also for the generous donation from the Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally for sponsoring a local quine.

“Most importantly I would like to thank each and every person that donated towards my chosen charity, SAMH. Everyone has been so generous, and thank you for the messages of support on my Just Giving page. All your donations mean a lot to me and the family.

“My target to raise for Tough Mudder was £2000. I am pleased to say that my total raised so far is £2083.”

You can visit Libby’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Billy-McKenzie

Leanne Gavryluk commented: “I took part in the Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds for Macmillan cancer support, in loving memory of my dear father in law, Peter Gavryluk.

“It was a great achievement and meant a lot to me to do him proud.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who so kindly donated to my just giving page.

“It means so much to me and all the family to raise such a fantastic amount towards a charity so close to our hearts. The total amount raised was £1935.”

Karen Gibson added: “I saw an advertisement for Tough Mudder and although I knew it would be a huge challenge, I thought it would be a fantastic way to raise money.

“After registering for Tough Mudder, my next challenge was to find a team.

“Libby and Leanne were up for the challenge and wanted to raise money for their own worthwhile charities.

“I have been raising money for JDRF since my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only 2 years old. Ever since then our lives have changed.

“James now has to get insulin injections every day and constant finger pricks to monitor his blood glucose levels.

“Diabetes is a critical illness that can cause loss of sight, amputation of limbs and can even be fatal.

“It is very worrying as a parent and every day is a challenge.

“James is very brave and takes it all in his stride. I am very proud of him.

“I would like to thank Martin Macdonald for helping us train and prepare for the Tough Mudder challenge.

“Also thank you to every single person who donated money to JDRF.”