Courageous four set their sights on the Ben Lawers Circuit 7 Munro challenge for Alzheimer Scotland

Paul, Graeme, Jack & Michael from North Lanarkshire have joined Alzheimer Scotland’s Do it for Dementia virtual series to complete the Ben Lawers Circuit to raise much needed funds and awareness for the charity.

The challenge entails a gruelling 7 Munros in one trek which the group had plans in place to complete, but have since decided to combine their efforts with fundraising to support Alzheimer Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben Lawers is the 10th highest mountain in the UK and the highest in the Southern Highlands. The mountain is at the centre of a chain of 7 Munros, making it possible to complete all Munros in one day.

The groups new-found passion for hillwalking has been the perfect opportunity for them to combine their desire to fundraise. Paul, Graeme, Jack & Michael have all experienced a loved one living with dementia and the challenge will be in memory of each of them. Paul tells us:

"We want to show how easy it can be to fundraise and hopefully inspire others to follow suit: find a hobby or interest which you are passionate about, and look at a way you can make this a personal “challenge” (although, it doesn’t necessarily have to be challenging) – then, simply use this as a means to receive donations! Our cause is one close to our hearts, and we know the funds that are required daily in order to help support people all over Scotland”.

Although a little nervous, Paul explains they are very excited to get started,

“It will be a great day, one we are really looking forward to, and hopefully we can make a sizeable contribution to the charity. All we need is the weather to be on our side, and plenty of food and water!”

The group have been hill walking in preparation for the climb and have already raised an impressive 88% of their £1,000 target ahead of their Munro challenge on the 31st August. Every penny raised will stay in Scotland and provide support to people living with dementia.

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The team shared with us how easy the experience had been so far when it came to their fundraising,

“Use a tool like JustGiving to make things straightforward for both yourself and the people donating. It’s easier than you think – and any contribution to charity is a worthwhile one! I think a lot of people think that the donation has to be substantial, but that’s not the case”.

Good luck to Paul, Graeme, Jack & Michael!

You can support the team through their JustGiving page

Feeling inspired? Take on a challenge of your own and join our Do it for Dementia campaign 

Why not take on a Munro (or a smaller climb) for our Memory Walk Big Weekend this September 19-20th. Find out more here