On their Way for charities

Lisa Burton with three Donaldson's kids with SMS
Lisa Burton with three Donaldson's kids with SMS

A group of friends are set to brave the West Highland Way in aid of a variety of good causes.

The 10 pals will take on the mammoth trek to raise funds for their chosen charities.

The walk is set to take the intrepid group three days, covering a total of 96 miles.

They will start in Milngavie today (Friday) and will then follow the well-worn route all the way to Fort William.

Lisa Burton from Bo’ness chose The Smith-Magenis Foundation UK (SMS) as her charity after meeting some of the children it helps through her work at Donaldson’s School. She also now provides respite care for three of them.

The Foundation helps provide support to families with children of all ages who suffer from SMS, a genetic disorder that effects an estimated one in 25,000.

A spokesman for the Foundation said: ‘‘We have been very fortunate to have Lisa involved in helping with respite care for children especially over the school holidays.

‘‘Her enthusiasm towards these children and how she brings the best out of them is fantastic.”

Donations can be made at mydonate.bt.com/events/smswesthighlandway/182660.

Joining Lisa on the walk are Alistair Mclellan, Tam Hannaford, Brian Anderson, Colin Guild, Les Pattison, Davie ‘Deep Sea Paterson, Marion Wood and Lisa Smith. The other charities to benefit from the walk are Erskine, Aberlour Child Care Trust, Pinewood School, Down-Syndrome, JDRF, Beatson Cancer Charity and Cancer Research.