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Perthshire Classic Car Tour aims to raise £30,000 for eating disorder and Multiple Sclerosis charities

The annual Perthshire Classic Car Tour is bringing together over 100 vintage, classic and prestige cars across one of the longest and most scenic driving routes for classic cars in Scotland. Taking place on Sunday 21st April 2024, this exciting event will raise funds for Beat and MS Society Scotland to help people affected by these serious health conditions.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Perth, drivers will take a spectacular route between McDiarmid Park, Perth along Loch Tay and then up to Ballachulish. After lunch the tour will go back through Glencoe, then south along the top of Loch Awe and will finish in Crieff at the Crieff Hydro Hotel for an end of tour dinner and awards ceremony. Each leg of the journey is 100 miles and it’s a great opportunity for classic car lovers, drivers, passengers and spectators to join in.

The Rotary Club of Perth has organised the event, with John Clark Motor Group as the main sponsor as well as support from local businesses to advertise the quality car tour handbook. All proceeds from the Perthshire Classic Car Tour are given to charity - last year the tour raised an incredible £30,000.

Anna Page, Community Fundraising Officer at Beat says: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to the Rotary Club of Perth for choosing to raise awareness of eating disorders. It’s going to be an exciting day and we hope that everybody enjoys soaking up the incredible Perthshire views!

‘In 2023, Public Health Scotland reported that disordered eating symptoms increased by over a quarter in the last five years, and sadly we know that eating disorder support is needed more today than ever before. The funds raised by the car tour will help us to keep providing phone calls, web chat and online group support to people with eating disorders as well as their loved ones.’

Joe Cairns, Committee Chair of the Perthshire Classic Car Tour says: ‘We know that eating disorders impact so many people – not just those who are currently unwell, but also their family and friends. We’ve heard good things about the incredible work that Beat does and we felt compelled to fundraise for them.

‘We’re also acutely aware that eating disorders affect a lot of young people and we especially want to help Beat support children and teenagers across Scotland and the rest of the UK. We firmly believe that talking about eating disorders will help people who are unwell to reach out for treatment as soon as possible.’

Morna Simpkins, Director of MS Society Scotland, says: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Perth and in particular the organisers of this year’s Perthshire Classic Car Tour, for choosing to support us. More than 15,000 people in Scotland live with MS (Multiple Sclerosis), and every week 14 new people receive an MS diagnosis. MS is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord which impacts how people move, think and feel. Symptoms are different for everybody and often invisible.

‘MS Society Scotland is here to make life better for people affected by MS. We offer emotional support and information via our MS Helpline, and provide online webinars, courses and sessions through our LivingWell programme. We campaign to improve the rights of people with MS and their carers, and we fund groundbreaking research to find new and better treatments for all types of the condition.

‘It’s thanks to our wonderful and generous supporters, such as the Rotary Club of Perth, that we’re able to continue this vital work. We hope everyone has a fantastic time on the tour and raises lots of funds and awareness for both charities.’

How can I join in?

You can buy tickets for the Perthshire Classic Car Tour here. The tour takes place on Sunday 21st April - classic car lovers, drivers, passengers and spectators alike are all welcome!