Peterhead woman Elaine McPherson 29, will follow her heart when she treks 100-150 miles of the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) later this year.
Elaine, a local Quality Control Inspector at Score Europe got involved with the trip after thinking of ‘things to do before 30’ she wanted to do something for charity and after researching the internet decided to trek the Great wall of China
She chose the British Heart Foundation as her charity after her dad suffered a Heart attack & further heart problems back in 2005, which if left untreated could have been fatal. Elaine wanted to give something back by fundraising for the charity to help save further lives.
The 10 day trek in October promises to be the experience of a lifetime for Elaine. She has already started training & is confident she will be ready to meet the challenge of the Great Wall.
She told the Buchanie: “I’m looking forward to achieving it, looking back at the end and realising how far I’ve come will be amazing. I’ve began walking, about 5 miles every day and I’m hoping to climb Bennachie a couple of times as well.
“I’ve always enjoyed travelling, so this is something I can make a positive from. My family have been extremely supportive, and they’re all very proud.”
Elaine is trying to raise as much money as possible (a minimum of £3500) for the BHF’s fight against heart and circulatory disease which is still more likely to kill a person than any other serious illness including cancer.
As part of her efforts she will be holding a Valentines Charity event on Saturday February 11 at the Palace Hotel Peterhead from 7.30pm, local band Velvet Audio will be playing live on the night, followed by a disco with DJ Dav.
Elaine has already received support from local businesses who have donated raffles and prizes which will be up for grabs on the night and those wishing to donate anything else can call the number below. Tickets are available at £10 each from the Palace Hotel or by phoning 07843243499.
If you would like to join Elaine on her trek on the Great Wall of China or take part in one of the other BHF World Experiences, please call 0844 847 2788 (local rate) or visit bhf.org.uk/world. Alternatively, if you would like to sponsor Elaine please visit her just giving page at www.justgiving.com/Elaine-McPherson or call 07843243499.