Moira’s West Highland Way Challenge for Scottish Mountain Rescue

Back in 2010, on a beautiful August day just after retiring from teaching, I had the misfortune to fall and break my ankle while hillwalking in the Eastern Cairngorms with my friend, Kathleen, and her two dogs, Jack and Tess. Two hours after falling I was safely back in Inverness, thanks to the speedy arrival of the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter which airlifted me to Raigmore Hospital.

The rescue helicopters work closely with the Scottish Mountain Rescue volunteers on the ground, and together they provide an amazing service, not only for those who get into difficulty on the hills, but also for communities needing assistance in extreme weather conditions. The SMR teams save lives, and are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. It was always my intention to do something tangible for them as an expression of my gratitude for their help when I had my accident, and so in April this year Kathleen and I are planning to walk the West Highland Way ….. for her to celebrate her 70th birthday, and for me to raise funds for Scottish Mountain Rescue. We did the first leg from Milngavie to Drymen last summer, and between 25th April and 2nd May we will be covering the remaining 84 miles from Drymen to Fort William.

I would be really delighted if you felt able to sponsor me! Any donation, no matter how large or how small will be greatly appreciated! You can do this either on line by following the link to my Just Giving page.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003