Grand Canyon trek for char­ity

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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.just­giv­­ferty-An­der­son

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