Broken leg ends Janice’s dream walk in Uganda

Janice Allan before her fundraising trip to Uganda
Janice Allan before her fundraising trip to Uganda

What was designed to be the trip of a lifetime has had a painful ending in hospital for a Kirkcaldy grandmother of 10 after she suffered a bad fall while trekking in Uganda.

Janice Allan (58) had been taking part in a 10-day trek, organised by Dream Challenges, in the African country’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when she slipped on boggy ground, breaking her leg in three places and tearing ligaments in her right ankle.

She was part of a group of 19 walkers led by specialist guides, and was raising funds for our Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Kirkcaldy.

Janice was on day five of the trek when the accident happened.

She was initially treated at the scene before being taken to a local medical facility in Kabale for treatment.

An x-ray revealed the injury with a plaster cast put on her leg.

She was able to join the group for their final camp in Nkuringo before being transferred by air ambulance to a hospital in Nairobi.

Doctors there gave the go-ahead for her to fly back to the UK with a nurse and she arrived back in Edinburgh on Tuesday morning.

Janice was then transported to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and yesterday morning (Wednesday) she was waiting to hear when surgeons are due to operate on her injured leg.

She said: “I’m fine - I have been given medication for the pain and I’m just waiting to find out when the operation is due to go ahead.

“Unfortunately this happened just before we were due to see the mountain gorillas which I had really been looking forward to.

“I was in the last group to go but after what happened it was decided to put my place up for auction with the highest bidder taking my place.

“Stuart Mapp put in the highest bid and gave me £1500 for my fundraising which I was really pleased with, although it was disappointing to not be able to see the gorillas.”

She was also due to go to an orphanage where she sponsors a five-year-old girl but, fortunately Janice said the children were able to come and see her as she was unable to make the visit.

Janice took part in the trek to raise funds for Maggie’s cancer caring centre, which is a cause very close to her heart. So far she has collected £2835 on her justgiving page, but she is expecting to have a lot more once all the funds have been totalled up.

Tu Edwards, centre fundraiser, wished Janice a speedy recovery. She said: “We are really looking forward to hearing how Janice is getting on and we are very much thinking of her.”