Lesley Hinds takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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City transport leader Lesley Hinds undertook her long-awaited ice bucket challenge on the back of a nomination from campaigning website Edinburgh’s Worst Drivers.

Councillor Hinds was drenched alongside housing leader Cammy Day, with a group of eager youths queueing up to douse them.

Lesley Hinds accepts the ice bucket challenge. Picture: Jon Savage

Lesley Hinds accepts the ice bucket challenge. Picture: Jon Savage

Yet while Cllr Hinds said she was all too happy to rise to the challenge, she added that she doubted whether the anonymous campaigner who nominated her had actually gone through with it himself.

“He’s unwilling to show me the evidence, so we can’t really be sure whether he’s actually done it,” she said.

“But I would certainly enjoy seeing it.”

Cllr Hinds said she hoped her role in the charity phenomenon would help friend and colleague Gordon Aikman in his mission to raise awareness about motor neurone disease.

The 29-year-old Labour Party campaigner was told earlier this summer that he had just months to live, and has chosen to spend the remainder of his life working to raise funds for MND Scotland.

Last night’s splash, which took place at Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre, was actually Cllr Day’s second go at the challenge.

He had been nominated earlier in the month by one of his neighbours – but when Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore placed Cllr Day in the hot seat again, he was happy to comply.

“It’s such a great cause, you can’t not do it,” he said.

“But hopefully this will be the last time.”

Both councillors nominated a string of others to continue with the charity challenge. Cllr Hinds nominated her three fellow Inverleith councillors – Nigel Bagshaw, Gavin Barrie and Iain Whyte.

Cllr Day called out James Douglas, Linda Griffiths, Craig Anderson and the Evening News’ city council reporter John-Paul Holden and editor Frank O’Donnell.