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Haven Centre Benefits From Walk
A team of four friends from Strathaven completed the 26.2 mile walk that the Great Glencoe Challenge has to offer in aid of The Haven Centre charity.
Martin and Susan Findlay along with Kevin and Fiona McIntyre trekked through some of the most dramatic landscape that Scotland has to offer, from the heart of Glen Coe to the foot of Ben Nevis back on Saturday, July 2 - and raised over £1000 in the process.
The foursome decided upon the challenge in memory of Martin’s sister, Jillian, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 41 and tragically lost her fight on January 15 back in 2013.
After her diagnosis Jillian attended The Haven, Blantyre, for help and support and following her death, her son, Cameron, also benefited from the services provided by The Haven.
The group trained almost every weekend from January to June, which also included a trial run of the route. Other training sessions included climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon as well as completing parts of the West Highland Way and the John Muir Way.
Fiona McIntyre explained: “The training paid off and we are all extremely proud of our achievement and thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite the awful summer weather and the dreaded Scottish midge!
“After being knee deep in swamps, taking on the Devil’s staircase, the steep climb out of Kinlochleven and several pairs of wet socks later, we completed the walk in 10 hours 33 minutes and were 163rd out of 398 who started the challenge.
“We are absolutely delighted with the £1701 we raised for The Haven and it was a pleasure going in to meet Scott and his guide dog Milo and the team to hand over the money.
“Thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, to all our family, friends and workmates who sponsored us.”
Fundraising Officer at The Haven, Scott Cunningham MBE said: “On behalf of everyone here at The Haven I would like to thank the team for their tremendous effort on the challenge and the fantastic sponsorship total they generously raised. It is absolutely fantastic when members of the community undertake challenges for The Haven, a local charity.”
The Haven is a registered charity which provides support not only to the individual but to their families and carers whose lives are affected by a range of life limiting illnesses, such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s disease. They operate drop in centres in Blantyre, Wishaw and Forth where a team of specialist nurses, therapists and volunteers all work closely together to provide the highest standard of support in a non clinical holistic environment
If you would like to undertake any challenges or find out more about how you can help raise funds for The Haven, please call Scott on 01698 727505, email him on scott@thehavencentre. Or, to find out more see www.thehavencentre.com