In November 2010, while pursuing a successful career in pharmaceutical anti-cancer drug development, Vicky Galbraith found herself diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumour. Since then she has undergone major surgery to remove the tumour and had six weeks of combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy. A further six months of intensive chemotherapy lie ahead. During this period she is organising and participating in a sponsored BIG WALK TO CLINIC from the Isle of Skye where her diagnosis began, to the Beatson Cancer Care Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, a total distance of 215 miles!
The first section of the journey, from Portree to Fort William, will be undertaken by her father, Alasdair, and Vicky plans to walk the second section herself from Fort William, following the West Highland Way south to Glasgow, some 103 miles!
It is hoped that many other sponsored walkers will join them at various stages of the walk, especially on the final day from Milngavie to the Beatson.
DO YOU FANCY JOINING US?
It doesn’t matter how far or for how long, your support for Vicky would be appreciated. The invitation is open to all.
The dates for this exciting adventure are 16th April to 2nd May 2011. Details of the route and exact dates are given below.
WHO’S GOING TO BENEFIT?
- The Beatson Pebble Appeal
- Maggie’s Centres
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Yourself – There’s nothing like Scotland in the spring: the outdoors, fresh air and some gentle exercise!
The safety and comfort of all participants on VixBigWalk is the walker’s own responsibility. Walkers should be properly equipped and seek the advice of the doctor if their fitness is in question. The organisers take no responsibility and cannot be held liable.
GRADES – For guidance only. Please consult the relevant guide books if you are unsure.
* Easy-peasy… mainly level and on roads or good paths.
** Easy walking but some undulations and roughish tracks or paths.
*** Moderate walking on rough paths and tracks with some hills.
**** Serious walking, sometimes with no paths, with steep climbs in remote situations.
RELEVANT GUIDE BOOKS:
A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye – David Paterson (Peak Publishing)
The Famous Highland Drove Walk – Irvine Butterfield (Grey Stone Books)
The Great Glen Way – Paddy Dillon (Cicerone)
The West Highland Way – Terry Marsh (Cicerone)
Participants must find and book their own accommodation as required.
We can thoroughly recommend ‘BESPOKE HIGHLAND TOURS’ who have been incredibly helpful and generous in supporting this event. Contact them at: www.highland-tours.co.uk