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A week of highs and lows for Haddo fundraiser


By Kirsty Brown

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It's been a mixed few days for fundraiser Edoardo Bedin as he passed the £3000 mark and learned that his job was not being saved after the pandemic on the same day.

On Monday Edoardo continued his 500 mile journey around Scotland to raise money to save National Trust For Scotland properties - which remain closed due to coronavirus - and arrived at Falkland Palace.

While marching onward he was eagerly waiting a phone call to learn the fate of his Haddo House job, one of many NTS staff members across the north-east waiting to hear their fate after a uncertain few months.

To ensure he didn't miss the phone call due to a lack of phone signal in the hills Edoardo tweaked his daily schedule to take shelter and have lunch in a bus shelter, but unfortunately when the call did come it was not the news he had been hoping for.

He was informed that the three supervisor roles - of which he held one - would no longer exist and are being replaced with a newly created single role at Haddo House for which he is encouraged to apply, or alternatively he was given the option to apply for a handful of roles across the region alongside other colleagues in a similar position from across the north-east properties.

Edoardo is hitting the road to raise money to save National Trust For Scotland properties.
Edoardo is hitting the road to raise money to save National Trust For Scotland properties.

He has since received an outpouring of support from those following his journey on Facebook (Hitting The Road For The Love Of Scotland) and Instagram (@HittingRoad4LoveOfScotland), and said: "As long as we can preserve these precious and special properties for future generations, whoever looks after them and raises funds to protect them and care for them is immaterial.

"We have all played our part and can be proud of what we’ve done so far.

"We can look forward to what we can do, somehow, somewhere, in the future.

"I’m an archaeologist and an historian – it’s in my blood, it’s my passion…I will simply stride on."

You can donate to help the cause by visiting Edoardo’s fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hittingtheroadfortheloveofscotland

If you want to cheer Edoardo along on his journey, his itinerary is as follows:

August 20 - Dundee to JM Barrie's Birthplace.

August 21 - JM Barrie's Birthplace to Brechin.

August 23 - Brechin to Clattering Bridge.

August 24 - Clattering Bridge to Banchory (vis Cairn O'Mount)

August 25 - Banchory to Craigievar Castle.

August 26 - Craigievar Castle to Castle Fraser.

August 27 - Castle Fraser to Insch.

August 28 - Insch to Colpy via Leith Hall.

August 29 - Colpy to Peth of Minnonie via Fyvie Castle.

August 30 - Peth of Minnonie to Haddo House via Pitmedden Garden.



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