Bute raises more than £600 for Mark’s charity challenge

John Young, president of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, presents Mark Beaumont with a cheque for �623.45 for the STV Appeal.
John Young, president of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, presents Mark Beaumont with a cheque for �623.45 for the STV Appeal.

Bute raised more than six hundred pounds for adventurer Mark Beaumont’s charity appeal at a welcome event in Rothesay on Sunday.

Enthusiastic applause greeted the TV presenter and world-circumnavigating cyclist as he arrived in the town after a gruelling swim from Millstone Point on Arran to Dunagoil Bay.

Members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, who organised Sunday afternoon’s welcome event in Guildford Square, presented a cheque for £623.45 to the STV Appeal on Monday morning, before Mark returned to Dunagoil to resume his epic ten-day Highland Line charity trek, in which he’s running and swimming from Blackwaterfoot on Arran to Aberdeen.

Children from all four of Bute’s schools were due to cheer him on as his run passed through Rothesay on Monday morning, en route to Ardbeg Point and the next leg of his journey, a 1.6 mile swim to Ardyne and a nine-mile run to Dunoon.

“Sunday was one of the toughest days of the challenge,” Mark said, “but to receive that amazing welcome after a four-and-a-half hour swim was just wonderful.

“The reception on Bute has been fantastic and I’m very grateful for all your fund-raising and support.”