Over £2,000 raised for respiratory services in the Western Isles

The walkers hand over their cheque
The walkers hand over their cheque

A group of five people from the Western Isles recently completed the gruelling ‘West Highland Way’ to raise funds for local respiratory patients.

Completing the 154km (96 mile) route in May 2013 were Tony Divers, Wilma Macleod, Kenneth Macleod, Mabel Finlayson, and Mary Divers.

The group raised an impressive £2,126 to support Western Isles respiratory patients; a cause close to their hearts.

The ‘West Highland Way’ route starts at Milngavie, follows the shores of Loch Lomond, passing Ben Lomond, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Morto the head of Glencoe, before climbing the Devil’s Staircase, descending to sea level to cross the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven before entering Lairigmorand Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.

The terrain ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands.

The cheque was recently presented to NHS staff at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.

NHS Western Isles would like to thank the group of walkers for their very generous donation.

Pauline Morrison, Respiratory Liaison Nurse, and Allison Martin, Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, said: “We would like to thank the group for their heroic efforts, battling the elements, to raise this fantastic amount of money.

“The money will be used to provide equipment and support to patients with long term respiratory conditions. We have already been in discussion with patients about what they would find most beneficial.”