David Fox-Pitt is an active member of the local community. As well as being the Director of WildFox Events, he is also the founder of Project Northern Lights, a charity set up to catalyse opportunities for Scotland's young people to get into employment. The Workshop is an initiative of Project Northern Lights and, as such, we have been a lucky recipient of David’s energies from the start. He and the team at WildFox continue to support our work and provide a great variety of projects.
One of their more unusual requests was in relation to The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. This legendary event takes place every July in, on and around Loch Tay. 2015 was The Quad’s 14th year and over 320 participants swam 0.8 mile across the loch; climbed seven Munros in the Ben Lawers range; kayaked seven miles and then cycled 34 miles around Loch Tay. In WildFox’s unique style, the finale sees participants ‘stop the clock’ at the finish by slicing a watermelon in two with a sword. Cutting 150 water melons leaves the swords in need of some TLC and previously, David has had to take them to Edinburgh for repairs. Amongst Paul Parmenter’s vast experience lies competitive fencing so the intricacies of swords are well known to him. The Workshop was delighted to be able to make and repair tangs, wooden handles and steel baskets to two cutlass sabres and a broadsword.
Congratulations to any local teams who completed The Quad this year. As well as being a huge personal challenge, fundraising is a core part of the event. Funds raised to date exceed an incredible £7million for two outstanding charities: Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals.
Gemma Henderson is the Business Manager at The Workshop Aberfeldy. Always inspired by the variety of products that 'walk through the door', this blog highlights some of the more interesting projects that are created here in The Workshop.