*Meet our supporters* Iska Birnie

*Meet our supporters* Iska Birnie

30th November, 2020

‘As very outdoorsy people my husband and I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and in the Scottish hills. Since 2016 we’ve been speaking about a trip to Nepal to trek to Everest Basecamp, for many year it was our dream – one day we would see Everest from close by. In 2019 we finally took action, we put our dream in motion and booked a 14-week trek to Everest Basecamp for October 2020. Unfortunately, as we all know, the world came to a grinding halt in March this year and our trip to Nepal was postponed for a year (we’ve added on 3 days, we’ll now be trekking to Basecamp and a little further to the Goyko Lakes).

Since a 14-day trekking holiday in altitude requires a little bit of training and preparation, we started our get-fit-for-basecamp-training shortly after we booked the trip. Part of our training was upping the hill walking and spending significantly more time in the Scottish hills. Knowing a few people who have had accidents in the hills and required assistance from the Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams, we wanted to use our training and the trip to Nepal to raise more awareness of the great work SMR does and raise funds to support them. We had loads of fundraising ideas for this year, but unfortunately they also had to be put on halt…

For a while now, I’ve been trying to come up with different ideas to fundraise. Very randomly, on my search for a dog first aid course – I am a specialist dog photographer and wanted to learn more about dog first aid – I quickly found a training provider and got speaking to them. They suggested an online fundraising dog first aid course, that way more people could learn how to help their dogs in case of an emergency and at the same time raise funds for SMR. WIN – WIN!

The dog first aid course is a must have for all dog owners and professionals working with dogs. The 4-hour online course covers all sorts of different scenarios, CPR, shock, choking, road accidents, bleeding, poisoning, eye injuries, heat stroke and much more. We still have a few places available. The course costs £49.50pp, of which approx. £15 will be donated to SMR. Please feel free to get in touch with me to find out more.’

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