Ayr Academy’s LGBTQ+ group, the All Supported Here Committee have decided to walk, run and cycle to Amsterdam from Ayr, which is a total of 610 miles.

This is part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s “Pass the Torch” event for Purple Friday, an annual day at the end of February which raises awareness against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

The day is usually celebrated by various groups and organisations fundraising together.

Due to the current situation, the school’s group are looking to raise £250 by the end of February, with all donations going to LGBT Youth Scotland via the school fund. Pupils and staff will be contributing daily miles towards the overall target.

The group decided on Amsterdam as their target because the Dutch capital is home to the “Homomonument”, unveiled in 1987 to remember those who have faced persecution for being LGBTQ+, particularly during the Nazi regime of World War 2.

Miss Robson, who runs Ayr Academy’s LGBTQ+ group said: “Fundraising and providing overall awareness, representation and education is essential to combat homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

“There is so much to celebrate about the community, February is also LGBT History Month and is an excellent time to highlight those past and present who contribute to all aspects of our society and culture.

“A challenge like this is a good way to show that LGBTQ+ rights are important because stigma and harmful stereotypes still exist.

“Awareness is key”.

For more information on the challenge, you can visit the Ayr LGBTQ Twitter page.