Deeside man walks 223 miles for Alzheimers

Trek: Lumphanan man Alan and John from Aberdeen on the Great Wilderness Walk
Trek: Lumphanan man Alan and John from Aberdeen on the Great Wilderness Walk

A Lumphanan man has just finished collecting the sponsorship from a wilderness walk he undertook to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland.

Alan Lyon walked the Great Wilderness Walk from Cape Wrath to Fort William last Summer to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland in memory of his mother and mother-in-law, who both died from the illness within 14 months of each other.

And Alan was joined on the 223-mile walk by his friend John Durkin from Aberdeen.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do and I was going to be doing it by myself, but John heard what I was doing and decided he wanted in,” explained Alan.

“It was tough going at times. We had good days and bad days, injuries and illness, but the beautiful scenery kept us going.

“My highlights were Sandwood Bay and the Falls of Glomach.”

At one point in the 17-day trek, Alan twisted his ankle, and for the first two days John was quite unwell, made worse by his coming off a night shift just before they set off, but the two friends pulled through and made it to the end.

They completed the journey in June of last year, but only just finished collecting all their sponsorship.

They collected an impressive £4,835, which will be sent to Alzheimers Scotland this week.

Alan added: “We were lucky to have lovely weather for it.”

Alzheimers Scotland is the foremost dementia organisation in Scotland, and campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of services.

Alzheimers is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly but gets worse over time.

The cause of the disease is little understood, but largely believed to be genetic with many genes being involved.

Alan and John have both raised thousands of pounds for various charities in the past, and John has even climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.