Grand Canyon trek for charity
Two intrepid college lecturers from Rutherglen are set to trek the Grand Canyon next month to raise cash for St. Andrew’s Hospice in memory of their lost loved ones.
Lecturer of law, Eleanor Lafferty (47) and travel, tourism and business lecturer, Beth Anderson ( 26) will complete an eight-day charity trek of the Grand Canyon from 10 – 18 October to raise vital funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.
Both based at the New College Lanarkshire Motherwell campus, they were motivated to take on the challenge after the passing of close family members.
Margaret Harley, the mum of Beth’s fiance, passed away 18 months ago, and her beloved papa, John McMenemy died 15 years ago. Eleanor also lost her sister, Jackie McKinnon to cancer only two weeks ago.
“We both just wanted to give something back to a local charity that does so much for everyone,” explained former Cathkin High pupil Beth, who will wed Joshua Harley on July 17 at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton.
“So many generous people have been helping us out. It has been a big task and we didn’t think it would be so difficult to get money raised. The Grand Canyon will be a first for both of us. We are really excited and extremely nervous. We just hope we have done enough training.”
The pair will trek up to 15 miles a day and will canoe down the Hoover dam for 20km on the first day.
Mum of five Eleanor, originally from Fernhill and now living in Lesmahagow, added:“We have pledged to raise £ 7,400 for St. Andrew’s Hospice, a charity that has had a very big impact on both our lives recently, and are hoping to smash the target to help fund the fantastic care offered by the hospice at a time when it’s most needed.
“We want to ensure that families and patients have the same standard of care that ours did during illness.”
The pair have staged a series of charity events including bag packing and a race night. They have also embarked on a strict training regime, including trekking various locations such as Tinto Hill and Chatelherault Country Park.
Beth said: “We are both overwhelmed with the support and help from colleagues, family and friends.
“This will be a tough, but rewarding challenge that we have set out to accomplish while raising funds for an amazing cause.”
Martin McGuire, principal at New College Lanarkshire, said: “St Andrew’s Hospice is a charity that has touched the lives of many of our staff and students, so it is fantastic to see Beth and Eleanor get involved in such an admirable venture to raise vital funds for the cause.
“Their decision to do the trek is one which has inspired many throughout New College Lanarkshire, and I would encourage all students, staff and friends of the college to dig deep and support the pair as they take on this great adventure.”
To support them, or to find out more information, please visit: http:// www.justgiving.com/Eleanor-andBeth-Lafferty-Anderson