AN EAST Lothian Salvation Army Major has raised more than £570 for Harlawhill Day Care Centre in Prestonpans after cycling 25 miles around the county.

Major Steven Turner committed to complete the 25 miles as part of this year’s Kiltwalk -- an annual walking event that raises funds for Scottish charities and projects.

When Kiltwalks throughout the country were forced to be cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, Sir Tom Hunter, the organisation’s supporter, businessman and philanthropist, proposed a Virtual Kiltwalk Challenge Weekend instead, and offered to double any money raised.

With Sir Tom’s contribution, Major Turner was able to present a cheque for £578.68 to Harlawhill Day Care Centre manager Fiona Mitchell.

For the past three years, Major Turner and his wife, Major Elizabeth Turner, have conducted regular services in the centre, and several corps members have attended there.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced the centre’s closure, Mrs Mitchell and her team took their services to people’s homes, holding VE Day celebrations, birthday and anniversary teas, music and more.

As restrictions were eased, Fi’s Bistro – a gazebo in Mrs Mitchell’s garden – opened for socially distanced meals, and trips were taken to the seaside and local cafes and restaurants.

Major Turner said: “I was able to present Fiona with £578.68 to enable the centre to continue its excellent work.”