A community champion who is deaf and blind is embarking on a mammoth 200-mile trek across Scotland to raise vital funds to help fellow sufferers.
Falkirk man Michael Anderson (75), who is vice-chair of Deafblind Scotland plans to backpack the challenging route from the Isle of Iona to the town of St Andrews in May this year.
The cash he raises will go towards the charity’s ambitious Field of Dreams project to fund a £1.3 million learning and development centre on the outskirts of Kirkintilloch.
Michael’s hike, following ‘St Columba’s Walk’ along remote coasts, crossing hills and glens, will take around three weeks and involves wild camping and nights in hostels.
But Michael is no stranger to challenges. In September, the grandfather successfully completed a triathlon, tackling a 750m swim, 19.4km by tandem bike and a 5km run.
Michael said: “Now the triathlon is done it’s time to start planning ‘the Long One’.”
As well as donations, Michael and his small core team of supporters, including a specialist guide, are looking for people to join them along the route.
Michael’s guide said: “We have created a group for anyone interested in joining the team at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mikesmob/
“We will be raising some desperately needed funds for DeafBlind Scotland.”
Michael added: “The hike is one of a series of challenges I am tackling to give something back and help make a new learning and development centre for deafblind people become a reality.
“We are anticipating completing around 12 miles a day on average depending on terrain and are finalising the route.”
And the challenges don’t stop there. Michael is also planning to take on a 50-mile cycle ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh later in the year.
He said: “I have decided on the route not least so I can choose a nice curry house at the finish line.”
You can donate to Michael’s fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/michaelsway/