Marianne Stewart and Margaret Gallacher

We are 2 friends who met nearly 30 years ago at the beginning of our nursing careers in Forth Valley. Climbing Kilimanjaro will be the biggest physical and mental challenge we have both encountered, but we are both committed to putting in the hard work to be able to complete the challenge of a lifetime and making all who know us proud.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania in East Africa peaking at 5895m or 19,340ft and is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world measuring about 40km across. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually - 2/3 are successful - altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers have to turn back.

We have been touched and inspired into doing this challenge by friends, colleagues and some of our patients who have required the highly specialised care of Strathcarron Hospice at the end of their precious lives. It takes about £13K per day to run the hospice so every penny we raise counts.

Our training journey has begun which is our personal commitment to getting into the best shape possible for our challenge of a lifetime. We hope you will support us over the coming months and help us raise as much money as possible for the Strathcarron Kilimanjaro 2019 challenge. It is our hope that we may even inspire you to take part in some of our training and indeed help us fund raise for this wonderful charity. We would appreciate any ideas, help & of course any donations over the coming year.

No doubt there will be highs and lows as we prepare in the months ahead, however we feel privileged to be able to take part and represent team Strathcarron. We hope we'll make you proud and join us on our journey - in spirit. We cannot do it without you, our amazing family, friends and colleagues, so please help take team “MarzMagzKili19” to the summit of Africa :-))

Marianne Stewart and Margaret Gallacher