Mountain excitement!

Stuart Dorans and Rodger Ardron
Stuart Dorans and Rodger Ardron

Two Fifers are set to don their walking boots and waterproofs in a bid to raise money for the ‘Help Kayla Find Her Feet’ campaign.

Rodger Ardron and Stuart Dorans, who is the partner of little Kayla’s aunt, have set themselves the challenge of walking the 212 mile long Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s first coast-to-coast route from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath.

“We wanted to take on a real challenge, and hopefully generate interest and most importantly sponsorship,” said Rodger, who lives in Markinch.

The ‘Help Kayla’ campaign was set up to raise £60,000 for two-year-old Kayla Bird from Glenrothes, who was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy after being born 10 weeks premature in 2010.

Her parents, Catherine Bird and Grant Neilson, are hoping they can raise enough money to take her to America for SDR treatment, a revolutionary treatment which could help her to walk.

The campaign has already raised over £41,000 and Rodger, who works for Slater Hogg and Howison in Kirkcaldy and Stuart, a team leader for the Co-operative, are hoping they can add to the ever growing total.

The pair hope to complete the mammoth trek during 12 consecutive days of hiking, many of which will comprise of over 20 miles walking per day.

“Our longest day is 27 miles!” said Roger. “Our training has gone well so far - we have been taking on long hikes in the local area, mainly up the Lomond Hills and the Fife Coastal Path. The weather over the past few months has meant that our training has been in some very tough conditions which has been ideal to test both our fitness and our equipment.

“But of course the Scottish weather is so un-predictable, it’s very difficult to fully prepare for!”

To support the ‘Help Kayla Find Her Feet’ campaign and sponsor Rodger and Stuart on their walk, go to