More climbing for a good cause...
"DOCTORS SET HIGH TARGET
TWO local doctors are set to swap their white coats for heavy Berghaus jackets when they go on a fundraising mission later this year.
Dr Laura Fulton and Dr Juliet Clayton plan to climb one of the world’s highest peaks to raise money for St John’s Hospital’s scanner appeal. And when they reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, they plan to make their mark, by flying the hospital’s flag from the peak.
The women will be part of a team of six hiking their way up the African mountain, but they will be the only two who are doing the trek for the benefit of West Lothian.
And they hope they can make an impact on the £15,000 which still needs to be raised for the new equipment needed to detect colon cancer..
Surgical house officer, Laura, said she is looking forward to the climb and hopes the community will get behind the appeal for sponsorship.
She said: “I believe the total raised so far is around £35,000 when £50,000 is needed to buy the scanner, so we have a bit to go still.
“We don’t have a target for exactly how much we want to raise from the climb, but obviously the more we can get to bring us closer to that target, the better.
“Hopefully, the West Lothian community and businesses will get in touch and help us with sponsorship to help us on our way.”
The doctors will make their trip to east Africa in October once they have completed their training programme.
They plan to incorporate jogging, and climbing of Scotland’s Munros into their plan to be fully fit for the 5895 metre, or 19, 341 ft, climb.
The idea for the climb first came to Laura (23) when she was on holiday in Tanzania and Zanzibar last year.
Now she hopes the idea will pay off in making a lasting impression on the people of West Lothian.
She said: “The idea came originally from being on holiday in the area around Kilimanjaro and it seemed that climbing it would be a very exciting thing to do.
“I have spent time at altitude in Tibet and found the air to be very thin, so I’m sure it will be a similar situation in Africa.
“We are both looking forward to it, especially since we will be part of a team of six.
“And we will have our St John’s flag to hand so that we can plant it on the top of the mountain, so we can say we have truly made our mark on Africa.”
(from this site