The team at Shetland social enterprise COPE Ltd is getting ready to host its 25th anniversary celebrations on 25 June at Gilbertson Park.

A key feature is the 25-mile walking, cycling, and running relay event, which will start at 10.00 am. The start has been planned so that the participating COPE team can be joined for the final laps, after 2.00 pm, by event attendees.

Chief executive officer of COPE, Steven Coutts, said: “Team COPE will take to the track at 10.00 am so that we can cover the majority of the 25 miles before the main event starts at 2.00 pm. We very much look forward to participants, staff, directors, friends, family, and the wider community joining us in the latter stages to create a spectacular finish.

“And, for those not taking part in the relay, we still need you there to cheer us on. We will be relying on the crowd for support and encouragement to get us through the final stages. The afternoon promises to be a lot of fun with games, displays, food and drink.”

Other initiatives include:

Raffle - Tickets are on sale at Shetland Soap Co, Shetland Garden Co, and Shetland Home Co. Prizes include a return trip for two to Kirkwall or Aberdeen with NorthLink Ferries.

Silent auction - We have a specially commissioned Burra Bear which is available to buy in our silent auction.

Bunting - Contributions to our 25 metres of knitted, crocheted or sewn bunting is well underway. A prize will be given for the best-themed triangle.

Photo gallery - We would love to see your COPE-related pictures, please send to

Please see website for further information -

If you'd like to donate to our 25th Anniversary Fundraising page you can do so at: