Milngavie bankers walk the Way for charity

Lisa Ferrie doing charity walk for Alzheimers Scotland. Jill Dunsmore, Lisa Ferrie, fiona Graham, Karen Janseen and Charles Brister'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/8/13
Lisa Ferrie doing charity walk for Alzheimers Scotland. Jill Dunsmore, Lisa Ferrie, fiona Graham, Karen Janseen and Charles Brister'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/8/13

A bank manager hopes to help raise £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society when she walks part of the West Highland Way with colleagues.

Lisa Ferrie, who has been the manager of the Milngavie’s Bank of Scotland for the past three years, said she wanted to get involved in the bank’s designated charity because a lot of the customers she deals with on a day to day basis have a relative who is affected by Alzheimer’s.

The 34-year-old said: “This is a great cause to raise money for. Some of our other branches have done challenges such as climbing Ben Lomond, but because we are so close to the West Highland Way it seemed appropriate to walk the first leg of it.”

The total amount raised will be match funded by the bank.

Lisa added: “In all there will be 10 of us doing this. I decided to get involved because of the customer base we have in Milngavie.

“Many of our customers have been with us for many years and we have long standing relations with them. Some couples have been coming in together for years so it is sad when, one day, only the wife comes in, perhaps to make arrangements for care home funding for her husband because he has Alzheimer’s.”

The group will set off from Milngavie Precinct on Sunday, September 1 along the first leg of the West Highland Way, and if everything goes to plan, hope to finish at Drymen.

They are hoping to complete the 13 mile trek in under four hours but it will all depend on the weather on the day.

Lisa added: “My colleagues have given up their free time which is absolutely fantastic.

“We have a really dedicated group and some of them are using this walk as a training day for the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on October 6.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to do it as I will be heavily pregnant by then.”

Liz Monks, director of fundraising at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that colleagues at Bank of Scotland in Milngavie are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like Lisa and her colleagues to help us continue our vital work.

“Their fantastic efforts, along with fundraising by many of their colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group, will help us champion the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.”