Imagine being able to travel around a variety of Scottish film locations – without even having to jump in your car.
Participants in The Archie Foundation’s virtual challenge will be able to do exactly that, as they walk, cycle, swim, row or run their way to raising funds.
The organisation, which is the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH), is urging groups to sign up for the event, which is taking place throughout September.
Two teams from defence and technology firm Lockheed Martin, which has a base in Aberdeen, have become the first to agree to the challenge – which asks people to exercise their way through 500 miles.
Frederic Stalin, energy sector director of the firm, said: “As a major employer in Aberdeen, supporting the community is a key part of what we focus on at Lockheed Martin.
“Our virtual challenge teams are enthusiastic about getting involved and helping Archie raise funds towards such a great cause.”
The virtual journey will begin in St Andrews, move onto Edinburgh and Doune Castle – then head to Glencoe, Fort William, Inverness, Pennan, Cruden Bay, Stonehaven and Dundee.
Each film location will be revealed as teams “virtually” reach them.
Groups taking part will be asked to wear a pedometer while exercising, and chart their progress online – all while trying to beat others to the finish line.
Cassie Thompson, fundraising director of The Archie Foundation said: “Our virtual challenge has become a well anticipated annual event which to date has raised more than £100,000, which helps us to make a huge difference for many sick children and their families across the north of Scotland.
“This year we have created a route which targets the filming locations of ten well known Scottish films, so there will be added interest as these are revealed. This is a challenge virtually everybody can enter so we are looking forward to seeing them all sign up.”
To sign up visit www.archieschallenge.org.uk