Yesterday the article below was published in our local newspaper. Are we are becoming famous ?
Published: 21 Aug 2014 14:00
A RETIRED Port Glasgow couple are planning a walk for charity — from England to Italy.
Jim and Moira Sutherland’s 1,180 mile trek starts in Canterbury on 27 August and should last about 100 days.
They are raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK following the death of George Campbell, their daughter Suzanne’s father-in-law.
Highly experienced hikers Jim, 73, and Moira, 64, of Langside Terrace, say that age is no barrier to ultra long distance challenge.
They have completed various religious pilgrimage walks in Europe, and will now tackle the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, the Eternal City.
Jim said: “Even with the advancing years, it should be achievable in one go.
“We discovered that there is not much money available for research into pancreatic cancer and planned to do something to help.”
Moira said they don’t plan to rush the walk, but will divide it into sections of about 14 miles a day. Their route will take them to Dover for the ferry to France, down to Switzerland and through the St Bernard’s Pass.
Standing at 2,469 metres, it is the third highest road pass in Switzerland, connecting Martigny in the Canton of Valais to Aosta in Italy.
Jim was a sugar chemist at Tate and Lyle and then worked in the glucose industry in England and South Africa, and Moira is a former civil servant.
She said: “We have always walked and we’re looking forward to the challenge. We keep fit by walking, taking cod liver oil and enjoying the outdoors.”
Donations can be made through www.justgiving.com/suzmar
Their progress can be followed on their blog www.suzmarctor.blogspot.com