Award Winning digital training consultant Hollie Irvine has been on her feet for 30 days, roller-skating for charity in her kitchen.

The self-employed businesswoman, who founded Highbeat Digital in Perth, wanted to raise awareness for women’s organisation RASAC PK and danced to music on wheels every day of the recent holidays.

The 27-year-old set a target of £250 and today, Friday, January 6, is the last day of a 30-day challenge with £187 so far pledged in a justgiving account.

“As it was happening over Christmas I made my target super humble because money is tight and people have a lot to pay for right now,” explained Hollie.

“If I make it to £250 I’d be over the moon. Anything I reach over and above would just be incredible. RASAC could really do with the funds and the awareness.

“They will put the money to good use in Perth, where there’s a waiting list for counselling services.

She has picked a charity close to her heart, having recently undergone seven months of therapy for trauma that happened when she was younger.

“The pandemic brought a lot of personal things to the surface and I needed help,” Hollie explained.

“I’m now waiting on psychiatry for testing, treatment and official diagnoses of ADHD as well. I need to rely on the services of RASAC over the coming months, and I wanted to help them.

“Four weeks ago I finished my therapy. And I decided I’d like to do something active as a way of marking the close of a chapter for me.

“With my techy desk job I’m not as active as I’d like. I felt like getting moving.

Hollie wanted to mark completing a course of therapy so she gave up alcohol, did yoga and put on her skates for a 30-day fundraising challenge
Hollie wanted to mark completing a course of therapy so she gave up alcohol, did yoga and put on her skates for a 30-day fundraising challenge (Image: submitted by Hollie Irvine)

“For 30 days, every single day including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I promised to roller skate for one-two hours in my kitchen (or other people’s kitchens depending where I was over the festive period).

“During this period I would also be undergoing a 30-day yoga challenge and not drinking any alcohol.”

She explained that RASAC Perth is a vital service supporting survivors of sexual abuse and rape throughout Perth and Kinross, including herself.

“Services like this are needed now more than ever as women of all ages who have suffered abuse and sexual violence have had no escape during the pandemic,” Hollie said.

“With increased reports of spiking across the country and continued reports of women being taken advantage of and hurt we need charities like RASAC to be able to deliver resources and support, especially when the NHS can’t meet this demand right now.

Hollie treated herself to some new skates this week when her old ones fell apart.

“I had these horrible big pink ones which I’d had for a year,” she said.

“I’m so excited to get these new black ones with leopard print laces.”

Kitchen boogie to a good tune
Kitchen boogie to a good tune (Image: submitted by Hollie Irvine)

She can be seen enjoying a boogie on the kitchen lino to Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain on a recent Instagram post.