Setting her sights high

Claire Weir
Claire Weir

A Burntisland woman will be scaling new heights in 2013 as she tackles Mount Kilimanjaro all in the name of charity.

Twenty-eight-year-old Clair Weir will be joining a group of 25 others who are travelling to the famous peak later this year.

The team will be raising money for the Elise for Life appeal, which was set up in 2010 by Elise Roberts, who had been diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma. She had wanted to raise £1 million for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, a specialist in cancer treatment in the UK. But sadly, she died before she could reach her fundraising target.

“We’re doing the climb for Elise and we hope we can get to that £1m target,” said Clair.

Clair will be joined in her efforts by friends Laura and Sarah Falkner and Lisa Cameron.

She explained: “Laura was actually approached to take part through her job at Barclays. I did the Moonwalk in Edinburgh last year and fancied a bigger challenge so I decided to do it too.”

Training has already begun for the epic challenge, but Clair has been juggling everything with her shifts as an aircraft controller at Edinburgh Airport. “I’ve been going to the gym and doing some swimming, because the weather isn’t that great,” said Clair. “But when it gets a bit nicer, I’ll get out climbing. ”

Clair has £4000 to raise before she can get on the plane, and hopes a planned event next month will help to get her some of the way there.

“We’re having an afternoon tea and craft fair at Pettycur Bay Hotel on March 9,” said Clair. “There will be lots of local crafts there – a really wide spectrum of things.”

She added: “Because I did the Moonwalk last year and had to collect donations, I wanted to do something a bit different this time and organise something where people can get involved.

“Because it’s happening on Mother’s Day weekend, it’s a great excuse to take your mum out and have a really nice day out. I’m hoping to raise about £1000 from the day, and the response I’ve had already has been really overwhelming. ”