On the 30th of June two of our U6th students Anna F and Leila F, set off on their journey to complete a student led walking expedition to raise money for two superb charities. They set themselves the challenge to walk almost 300km (185 miles) from Inverness to Glasgow to raise money and awareness for Narcolepsy and Epilepsy. Earlier this year the students won the Fettes Ian Macleod Award for travel which has allowed the students to fund the trip essentials (i.e. cost of camping and food).
Both students have brothers who live with these conditions and have therefore seen first-hand what the impacts both medical conditions have. They’re main aim of the expedition is to raise money for the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre and the Sleep Research Unit at Edinburgh University. They are extremely passionate about raising awareness about these conditions and have used social media platforms to document their journey to share updates and daily informative posts. Their expedition included submitting Ben Nevis midway through their trip. Mr Rowlands, Head of Outdoor Pursuits, joined Anna and Leila for this part of the journey stating he “really enjoyed playing a small part in the incredible expedition”.
The preparation and training that went into planning for this expedition was extensive. They have covered extremely large distances each day, challenging themselves physically and mentally. They completed their journey on July 12th and have raised £8,477 so far, a truly incredible achievement. We are extremely proud of both Anna and Leila.
For more details about their expedition please visit: twitter.com/AnnaLeila300km