Nick from Wester Ross has set himself the demanding and exhilarating challenge to climb all of Scotland’s 282 Munros over 1200 days to raise awareness and vital funds for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society.
Nick, who turned 80 in April, was inspired when he read about ‘Nicole’s challenge’ in 2019 Winter edition of Alzheimer Scotland Dementia in Scotland magazine. Nicole climbed 20 Munros in memory of her gran.
Nicks motivation to take on this huge challenge is for his wife Janet, who is currently in hospital with Alzheimer disease and needs 24-hour care. Being a keen walker and hill climber all his life, and always happy when he is in the hills, Nick started to plan his challenge.
Nick says,”I wanted to do something to benefit people with Alzheimer's Disease and their carers everywhere. l am approaching my 80th birthday and thought that climbing all the Munros in my eighties would be a good challenge! My challenge is to raise £10,000 for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society and I’m sure my 80-year-old legs are up to the feat, but only time will tell!”
Originally Nick had planned to begin the challenge on his 80th Birthday in April 2020 but due to the COVID restrictions he was not able to begin until July. However, that has not stopped him, since July he has already summited 31 of Scotland Munros and raised over £4k!
Nick says, “I have been looking forward to helping Alzheimer Scotland while doing something I love. I was frustrated that I couldn’t start in April but I am happy that it is now underway, and I’m pleased with my progress. And I am delighted that my legs care coping!”
We asked Nick if he had any advice for anyone thinking of fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland? Nick says, “Sadly, this is an illness on the increase and Alzheimer Scotland relies on charity in order to provide vital care, support and research. I know first-hand how traumatic it is to care for a loved one, and the more money that goes to this cause, the sooner a cure can be found. Therefore, if you’re thinking about fundraising, please ‘Go for it’!”
Good Luck Nick and keep going, we are all with you!
Nick has already raised over £30k on his Virgin Money page! Virgin Money are closing down at the end of November and Nick is now using Just Giving.
You can show your support for Nick at his Just Giving page