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Distillery Challenge raises £10k for charity


A record-setting sprint around 60 Scotch whisky distilleries in one day has raised well over £10,000 for charity. 

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Distillery dash: World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman visited 60 Scottish distilleries in a day

The Great Whisky Distillery Challenge, a collaborative effort between World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman and Just a Drop, a charity that works to provide clean, safe and accessible drinking water to deprived communities, took place on 15 May.

Bowman and his team set off at sunrise, starting at Balblair distillery in Ross-shire and ending at sunset at Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire.

A total of 55 whisky bottles were collected along the way from distilleries that bottle their own spirits, and collectively put into a raffle – tickets for which cost £1.

The winners were drawn last Friday (2 June), with Mike Jackson from Salisbury winning the entire haul of 55 bottles.

Other winners included Nikki Welsh and Michel Polton from Edinburgh, who both received a four-day whisky tour to Speyside; Jonathan Webb from Bristol, who won a photographic print of Leith; Nicola Swann from London, who won an engraved whisky stave; Brian Atkins from Devon, who won whisky tasting glasses; and Michael Farley from New Jersey in the US, Charlotte Farndale from Penicuik, Alasdair Milton from Aberdeenshire, Mak Salha and Richard Wheatley from London, Andrew Burgess from Middlesborough, and Linda McDonald from Edinburgh – who all received a copy of Bowman’s new book, The Pocket Guide To Whisky.

Fiona Jeffery OBE, founder and chairman of Just a Drop, said: ‘The money raised, an incredible £10,755, can support a whole community in Zambia by providing access to one of life’s absolute necessities: a supply of clean water, which empowers people to lead healthier, safer and more productive lives, so many thanks to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket – and congratulations to the winners.’ 

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