Get your hiking boots on!

THE Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is inviting you to take part in the 2011 Cairnsmore of Fleet Charity Challenge which will be held on Sunday April 17.

Following the amazing success of similar events in the past couple of years, and requests from the public, the team are once again offering the chance for walkers to take on the challenge of walking to the summit of Cairnsmore of Fleet near Newton Stewart.

The team’s fundraising officer David McNicol said: “The event is open to anyone, whether or not they are regular hill walkers and the mountain rescue team will be taking very good care of everyone involved, from the moment they set off until they reach the finish!”

Either individuals or groups of walkers are welcome to take part, and last year, many participants took the opportunity to collect sponsorship and raise money for their chosen charities.

David said: “Last year 200 people took part, and between them raised £6,000 for 25 separate charities. There was a great atmosphere too, and to our surprise three of the walkers took their guitars to the summit and provided us with some great music whilst we ate our lunch!”

The team officially launched this year’s challenge on Saturday at Sainsbury’s store in Newton Stewart, which currently supports the mountain rescue team as its chosen charity.

A few enthusiastic shoppers have already signed up, as well as people who have heard about the Challenge from friends and family who took part last year!

The cost of taking part will be £10 for adults and £7 for children and all participants will receive a ‘Cairnsmore Charity Challenge’ t-shirt.

Anyone wishing to enter should telephone David on 07789 902 430 or Sue on 01557 870329 to request an entry form.

With your help the Mountain Rescue Team would love to make this another magnificent event!

To find out more about the Team, including details of how to walk safely in the hills, checkout their website: