FOUR Arbroathians are planning to ascend five Munros in one day to raise cash for a relative who was badly injured in a cycle accident and is now a quadriplegic.
They are Stuart Anderson (36), a technical production engineer working for Hunting Energy Services at Portlethen, Aberdeen; his brother Doug Anderson (33), who works in an IT department in Dundee; their brother-in-law, Sean Taylor (33), who works for Denki in Dundee designing computer games for ‘phones, games consoles and tablets; and a friend, Iain Watson (33) who works offshore for Dolphin Geophysical.
Stuart still lives in Arbroath with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Doug now stays in Dundee with his partner and two children and Sean also lives in Dundee. Iain resides in Craichie, near Letham, with his partner.
Stuart explained: “On May 26 we will attempt to scale five of Britain’s tallest mountains in one single day to raise funds for Steve Donnelly, my brother Doug’s father-in-law, who was left paralysed after a cycling accident.
“The challenge is to scale the five Cairngorm ‘mighty Munros’ - Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Braeriach - in just 15 hours of daylight. The route is almost a marathon in length and is the equivalent of scaling six Empire State Buildings.
“Typically, it is spread over two days but we wanted to push ourselves for a very worthwhile cause.”
Stuart explained that in June, 2010, Steve suffered a severed spinal cord when he fell from his bike whilst riding with the Dundee Wheelers Cycle Club. The injury left him paralysed from the neck down, a life changing event which is difficult for most to comprehend.
He continued: “He spent over a year in Glasgow Southern General Hospital but has since returned home to Dundee where he and those around him are faced with the practical task of readjusting to everyday life.
“With the backing of Spinal Injuries Scotland, we are taking on this Cairngorm Challenge to raise funds for Steve to continue intensive physio at the HEAL - Physiotherapy & Sport Medicine Centre.”
There is a tiny glimmer of hope as through physiotherapy, a tiny amount of movement has returned to Steve’s arms. Stuart added: “Further physio will maintain this progress and allow him to operate his electric wheelchair and the adapted controls around the house. Small, everyday stuff which most of us take for granted but are now so precious for Steve.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor the four or donate to the cause can do so online at http://www.justgiving.com/cairngorm4000ers.
Stuart said: “JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure and your details are perfectly safe - they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted e-mails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity (Scottish Spinal Injuries) and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.”
Also the Text to Donate details are METW73 followed by amount to 70070.