The Leanne Fund has secured a five-year sponsorship deal worth £10,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, to support their annual Point 5k fundraising event.  More than 150 participants regularly take part in the event.

It was also awarded £3,000 for office equipment to help provide its support services to young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

This year’s 5k takes place on Saturday, June 1 and is the 10th anniversary of the event. To mark the milestone, a 10k run has also been introduced for the first time this year.

Donald John MacSween, General Manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “Point and Sandwick Trust are delighted to support The Leanne Fund by sponsoring the annual Point 5k event which has grown in popularity, attracting a large number of participants of all ages, boosting health, wellbeing, happiness and community cohesion.

"The event has continued to raise funds for a charity that delivers a worthwhile and important service.”

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of The Leanne Fund, said: “We are very grateful to Point and Sandwick Trust for this significant sponsorship which will support this year’s Point 5k and events in the future.

“The funding will allow us to plan ahead with certainty and continue to organise this popular event for years to come.

“The event always attracts a large number of runners and walkers including families and even pets, and we are very thankful to the wider community for their continued support.

“It is always a great atmosphere on the day with our focus on a fun inclusive day where everyone is welcome to take part and to join us after the event for refreshments and a raffle. This year’s competitive 10k race will add a new element to the day and we hope the community will come out and cheer on all competitors.”

Participants are asked to enter online at http://www.theleannefund.co.uk/events.html to help with organisation.

Entry forms can also be picked up from The Leanne Fund office on Point Street.

Entry to the 10k is limited to 100 participants and for runners only, but walkers are very welcome to enter the 5k which is open to all the family.

The event has also been supported by Tighean Innse Gall and Point Community Council, with TIG sponsoring the inaugural 10k and the Community Council providing a trophy.

Chrisetta said: “There has been a lot of interest in this year’s event as this is the first time we have held a 10k. We have identified a new challenging route for the 10k which we hope will appeal to local runners and attract those from further afield. We hope as many people as possible will join us on June 1st for what will be an exciting day for the fund.

“The vital sponsorship from Point and Sandwick Trust will also allow us to purchase a photocopier for our busy office where the support services we offer are managed.

“The support services offered by The Leanne Fund are in great demand and as the only charity providing such services in Scotland, we rely on sponsorship from organisations such as Point and Sandwick Trust and the continued support of the public to allow us to continue this valuable work.”