Ash Denham MSP and her constituency office staff will be pulling on the hiking boots this May to walk up one of Scotland’s highest mountains to raised money for a much-loved Edinburgh-based animal welfare charity.

The Edinburgh Eastern MSP and her team will complete the six-mile hike of Perthshire’s Ben Vorlich to raise money for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, which was founded in 1883 and welcomes lost, stray and abandoned pets from all corners of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Ben Vorlich is one of the most popular Munros and stands tall at 3,232 feet – over two times the height of the Empire State Building. The team intend to complete the challenge during the first week in May.

Ash Denham MSP said:

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in this charity challenge with my office staff to raise money for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, a long-standing charity based in Seafield in my Edinburgh Eastern constituency.

“I’ve visited the Home on a number of occasions to learn more about their incredible work and most recently visited the charity to congratulate them on becoming accredited Living Wage Scotland employers.

“The Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is one of the oldest animal welfare charities in Scotland and fundraising efforts like this one go towards the annual costs to ensure hundreds of lost, stray and abandoned animals from Edinburgh and the Lothians are cared for each year.

“My team and I will soon begin training in preparation to hike one of the highest mountains in Scotland and we will take on the challenge in a safe and responsible way – such as taking a map and compass, wearing the right clothing and footwear, and keeping any dogs we take on a lead near livestock.”

Nicola Gunn, Director of Development and External Affairs at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, said:

“After her visit to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home last year we are very excited to hear Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham and her office staff will be tackling Ben Vorlich to raise funds for the Home.

“We provide a safe, warm and loving environment for hundreds of animals that come through our doors each year and support such as this helps us in our mission to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Wishing them all the best with their trek – we are extremely grateful to Ash and the team for taking on this challenge!”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so on the following link:


Learn more about the work of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on their website:

Pictured: Ash Denham MSP is pictured alongside Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine (Interim CEO at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home)

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