Kirkcaldy grandmother of ten Janice Allan is about to set off on her latest adventure – trekking in the jungles and mountains of Uganda.
And she is once again undertaking the challenge to raise funds for our Maggie’s cancer caring centre in Kirkcaldy, a cause which is very close to her heart.
Janice (58), of the town’s Appin Crescent, trekked through the desert in Jordan in April 2013 to raise over £6000 for our Maggie’s Centre. She then walked the Fife Coastal Path last July as part of Bob’s Walk, the £15,000 fundraiser led by Dr Bob Grant.
Janice will fly from London early on Monday morning, before embarking on a nine-day trek in the African country’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a large primeval jungle which is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. It is home to half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas.
She will be part of a group of 19 walkers led by specialist guides, and, as well as being the oldest, she will be the only Scot among them.
“People have told me I must be mad, but I am really excited and just a tiny bit apprehensive about it,” she said.
“I have been speaking to some of those who took part in the trek in October and I have been told that there are a few days of really hard climbing, although I won’t be in any danger, it will be very physically challenging.
“I have been working hard on my fitness with Dale and Fraser from the Fitness Factor who have been my personal trainers, and they’ve been putting me through my paces five mornings a week. I have also been doing a lot of walking in preparation for the trip.
“I don’t think my age will hold me back at all because of all the training I’ve been doing.”
Trek participants must raise a minimum of £3500 for their chosen charity, and Janice said that people in Templehall have been very generous.
“We have to pay for everything else from our own pockets, including airport taxes, travel to London and back and injections,” she explained. “Luckily I have all my kit from my Jordan trek which I will be able to use again.”
Janice is also looking forward to visiting an orphanage where she sponsors Constance, a 5-year-old girl, to enable her to go to school.
“I heard about her through the Facebook site and I am really looking forward to meeting her face to face,” she said.
“I couldn’t do this without the support of my family, in particular my husband Billy, and now I just can’t wait to get started.”
Janice has vowed this will be her last foreign trip because of the cost, but she has signed up to take part in Bob’s Walk, the annual Fife fundraiser by Dr Bob Grant, chairman of the Maggie’s Fife fundraising committee.