Our board of trustees are all volunteers, and as well as lending their expertise from various professional backgrounds, they also jump in and help in other ways. In 2019 one of them, Bill Crook, raised over £2,000 for Wiston Lodge’s first major roof repair works through a sponsored cycle the length of Scotland. Later this month, Bill gets back on his bike for another event, 100 miles around the Lothians, to start fundraising again for the next repair phase.
Bill will be setting out from Eskbank Station near Dalkeith on Sunday, 19 June with the Cycle Touring Club (Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders) Tri-Vets, which organises events for cyclists aged over 50. The circular route will follow the Moorfoot Hills through Peeblesshire to Innerleithen and Peebles before heading across the Tweed Valley to Biggar, then following the Pentland Hills back to Eskbank.
The roof work is the first full repair in Wiston Lodge’s history, and essential not only to keep our guests comfortable, but to maintain the Grade 2 listed building. This includes using the increasingly rare Scottish slates that are in keeping with our conservation status. In Bill’s previous cycle every mile he covered earned a tile, lending the campaign the Mile a Tile name.
We’ll be fundraising in many ways for this next stage of roof repairs, but are grateful to Bill for his volunteer efforts now in getting things rolling again.
Want to sponsor Bill? You can download and print a sponsor form below.
If you’re interested in volunteering, visit our Volunteers’ Page