It sounds like it could be the making of a classic hit by The Proclaimers, but it’s not!
Starting on Monday 16th April, Alan and Stuart Mackay will set off on a 417 mile walk from Edinburgh to Crewe.
Finishing their walk at Leighton Hospital, the brothers want to raise funds for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal.
Alan works in the theatres at Leighton Hospital, which is why the pair decided to raise money for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity appeal.
Donations are used to create dementia-friendly improvements at the hospitals, creating safe and attractive spaces which not only makes a difference to hundreds of patients living with dementia, but to their families as well.
Alan and Stuart have been long distance walking for 4 years. They started hiking during a holiday along the West Highland Way in Scotland which soon turned into an epic journey.
Their upcoming 3-week hike, however, is to be their next big challenge. The 417 mile journey starts on 16th April in Edinburgh and will end at the beginning of May in Crewe.
Alan and Stuart are currently busy preparing for their journey and commented: “A big thank you to those supporting us with your donations. It will go along way to helping people with dementia and also keeping us going on the hike knowing we’re doing it for you as well.”
Emma Robertson, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity manager, said: “We are in awe of what Stuart and Alan are doing for our appeal!
“This is a huge challenge even for experienced walkers like them, so we would like to wish them both the very best of luck with their journey.”
Emma added: “Our ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ appeal will allow us to make a big difference to the care and experience people living with dementia have at our hospitals and all the money that the brothers raise will get us closer to achieving our aims.”
To support Alan and Stuart, donations can be made via the Virgin Money Giving Page: ‘Walk n Boots’.
The target is to raise £1,000 for the Dementia Appeal, and Alan and Stuart will be posting pictures and stories from their journey on their Facebook page.