Highland Hospice staff nurse Leanne Scott is ‘stepping out’ for the charity in memory of her late mum Jacqueline who died in 1999 at the age of 37 under the Hospice’s care.
She is currently training for her July challenge, when she will attempt to walk the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis in 6 days as part of the charity’s ‘Step Out’ campaign.
Leanne explains, “Although I was only 5 years old when I lost my Mum, I have never forgotten the love and attention our family received from the Hospice. My twin brother Andrew and I weren’t aware of what was going on with Mum until after she died, and the staff who worked at the Hospice at that time really were amazing.”
“It was because of this that I wanted to become a nurse and I like to think I can give back the loving care we as a family and Mum received when she was in the Hospice. I joined the Hospice as a staff nurse in 2019 and feel very privileged to be a part of such a vital service providing palliative care for the Highlands.”
“This year our Mum should be celebrating her 60th birthday, so in celebration of her life I will be walking the West Highland Way, which is 96 miles, and to finish off I will be climbing Ben Nevis. Although I am doing this challenge on my own, I know Mum will be with me each step of the way.”
Highland Hospice Fundraiser Emma Nicol said, “Leanne’s story is so moving, and she is incredible for taking on this mammoth challenge as part of our ‘Step Out’ fundraising campaign."
“Not only is she attempting to complete the challenge in 6 days, she will be wild camping every night. It will be an emotional trek for Leanne, giving that she's doing it for such a special reason, in memory of her beautiful mum Jacqueline, and all of us at the Hospice are behind her all the way.”
Leanne sets off on her challenge on 26 July. She concluded, “It’s going to be a tough challenge and I have lots of training to do over the next couple of months so please support me to help our local Hospice and in memory of Jacqueline."