Local walker raises money for his brother’s veterans charity

A DETERMINED walker has done her best to complete the West Highland Way – and has raised over £1,000 for her brother’s veterans charity.

Margaret Barron, 53, comes from a military family with her brothers and sons all serving in the armed forces, with a brother who started his own cause to support soldiers who need help after being released.

She decided to tackle Scotland’s 96-mile route to raise vital funds to support the organization’s work across the country.

Margaret explained: “My brothers and sons have served in operations all over the world.

“A few years ago, one of them completed his full military service and started a charity called the Homeless Veterans’ Project.

“They do a fantastic job helping former staff who are homeless, as well as tackling other issues such as alcohol and drug addiction, PTSD and unemployment.

“The charity raises vital funds every weekend and I wanted to do my part to support their fantastic work.”

Margaret admits that despite months of training, the five-day walk was a huge challenge – especially the last few miles.

She said: “I have climbed many mountains and hills over the past year after committing to it during the pandemic, but this was the biggest challenge I have ever faced. I trained every weekend with 20 mile hikes at a time, but it was always tough.

“I started on Monday and reached the end five days later, and luckily the weather has been fantastic the whole time.

“At the end my feet were ragged and I had blisters upon blisters. Did the last few miles with a pair of sliders, but it was worth it in the end.

Margaret, who lives in Skelmorlie, says she is delighted to have raised £1,100 for the project and is already planning her next big challenge to benefit the charity.

She said: “It’s a fantastic amount to raise, especially when my original target was just £200.

“I’ve had a lot of support and it’s clearly a charity that touches everyone, so the donations have been great.

“I think next year I’m going to go further and do something else to raise more money for them – I don’t know what yet.”

Donations can be made to www.gofundme.com/f/west-highland-way-veterans-fundraiser

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