Thank you all for taking the time to visit my page. I am raising money to help fund an expedition to the Hebridean islands of Scotland. Between now and throughout the expedition I will also be fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK.
As a lot of you already know, my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this time last year, and since then I've been thinking of a way to honour the adventurous spirit he has instilled in me since I was a child, and to experience in my own way what so captured his imagination many years ago. Namely, the islands off the west coast of Scotland.
In the early 1960s, dad founded the Schools Hebridean Society, a group of young teachers who led secondary school children on expeditions in the Hebridean islands. Over the course of almost thirty years, well over a hundred expeditions took place, influencing the lives of countless young men and women.
I have decided to challenge myself to a solo expedition of the islands, camping and trekking over the course of nine months (granted that I can raise the full amount of funds), writing a book dealing with memory, and how the physical landscape informs and provokes our internal worlds. In the spirit of everything the Schools Hebridean Society was about, I wish to embark on my own such expedition.
It will be an incredible opportunity for me to reflect on my surroundings, both external and internal, and find a way to write about memory, my relationship with my father, and my relationship to a changing landscape that I hope to follow in an organic, spontaneous fashion. Whilst at the same time raising money for an organisation I feel very strongly about.
In brief, the funding will cover the following: equipment for nine months of camping and hiking in Scottish weather, transport (ferries and train tickets), emergency money, daily costs (given that I will have no income for the year), of which food will be the main daily cost, maps and navigational tools. I can provide a detailed list of what I will need upon request.
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