Walter De Forest, our Vincent Van Gogh look-a-like and supporter, set a new world record of 166 portraits in 12 hours at the Edinburgh Fringe on Friday (10 August), raising funds and awareness for Support in Mind Scotland and mental health during his marathon effort on the Royal Mile.

The New Yorker, who is starring in his acclaimed show Van Gogh Find Yourself#vgfy at the Fringe this year, braved rain showers and cold conditions at the Adam Smith Statue from 8am and 8pm, to set his new record tally - surpassing his record of 163 that he set in 2017. He did with more than 20 minutes to spare, sketching pictures of our volunteers Megan and Natalie to set the new record.

“To be able to raise awareness and funds for a charity like Support in Mind Scotland brings me great joy
This is the third year New York-based Walter has kindly staged the portrait marathon in aid of Support in Mind Scotland and to raise mental health awareness, and we are extremely grateful for his backing.

He said: "I am thrilled to come back to Edinburgh and be inspired by all the brave souls trying new things and following their dreams. To also be able to raise awareness and funds for a charity like Support in Mind Scotland brings me great joy.

"I struggle with depression and anxiety and to open the door to the conversation in a non-judgmental way is important. With out the support of others I could not do this."

You can Walter's show each day until 25 August at the Natural Food Kafe, 55 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, at 3.40pm.
* Main picture courtesy of Deadline News.