West Highland Way Challenge 

… These boots have definitely WALKED!  

A large group of nursing staff, friends and family took on the West Highland Way to raise money for the RCN Foundation.  

The five day, 96 mile trek began on Monday 12 September at Milngavie, travelling past Loch Lomond and up the Devil’s Staircase to reach Fort William on Friday 16 September.

The walk is part of the RCN’s centenary year celebrations, and raised £8,036 for the RCN Foundation. This will provide help, financial support and training opportunities for nursing staff, midwives and students, as well as funding nurse-led projects to improve care. Combined, they waked the length of Britain twice – I am sure you will agree that it’s quite an achievement.

Michael Brown, Chair of Council, said at the end of his trek:  “This has been an experience that I will never forget. It was by far one of the hardest and greatest things I ever did. It certainly  was a challenge in every sense, the lows were very low, and the highs very high! The experience will stay with me forever especially thanks to the friendships I forged during the trek. As I crossed the finish line, a great sense of pride and achievement overwhelmed me. I am really proud of myself and of my fellow walkers. The memories of the West Highland Way Challenge will last forever.”

Deepa Korea, Head of the RCN Foundation, was impressed with the walkers efforts and congratulated their determination: “The RCN’s centenary year is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together to support the nursing profession. We are so grateful for their efforts, which will make a huge difference to nursing staff across the UK.”

A special thanks to all who took part:  Michael Brown, Rachel Brown, Stuart McKenzie, Brian Murphy, Elspeth Calthness, Andy Scott-Donkin, Rod Thomson, Tracey Young, Helen Kerslake, Graham Revie, Eugene Thomson, Rosina Skelton, Heather Davies, Tracey Budding, Theresa Connor  Carey Johnson, Richard Alan Hurn and Alison Upton.