Sisters tackle African peak for charity

Jen Low, Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay
Jen Low, Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay

Four siblings are preparing to ascend Africa’s tallest mountain to raise money for a charity in which they have a deep personal belief.

Jen Low – secretary-treasurer of the Leven Links Joint Committee – and her three sisters are embarking around a year from now on a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s largest peak.

They’ll be heading to Tanzania for the ascent of 19,341 feet (5895 metres) to raise vital funds and awareness of Motor Neuron Disease and the charity MND Scotland.

It was the death of a relative which spurred the ladies on to do something to help the charity.

“In 2012 our Aunt Ellie died, a very youthful 63, after fighting so bravely against what can only be described as the sheer torture of MND,” said Jen.

“It took only 18 months after diagnosis for Ellie to lose her battle.

“MND is truly terrifying,” she added.

“There is no known cure or treatment.

“Gradually it stops you from moving, speaking, eating and, eventually, breathing, and it doesn’t affect your intellect.

“You know exactly what is happening to you every step of the way. The end result is always fatal.”

Jen and sisters Liz Mackay, Kath Murray and Steph Nicol were inspired by their cousin Beccy who, last year, cycled 2500 miles in 30 days around the country for MND Scotland and the MND Association.

“We have been sent a six-month training plan to help us prepare for the trip, so there’s lots of hillwalking to look forward to,” added Jen.

“ We just need to find some challenging hills to climb which, in Scotland, shouldn’t be a problem.”

She added: “We will be arranging several fundraisers over the coming year but, in the meantime, I’ve offered to carry clubs round the golf course at Leven Links for suitably generous donations – I’ll obviously be needing the exercise as well!”

Any local businesses wishing to donate prizes to the fundraising events and raffles can contact Jen at the Links on (01333) 428859.