Skye to Inverness for Raigmore Hospital

On June 25, Skye resident Sandy (Alexandrina) MacPhee and her boyfriend Hector MacInnes will pick up a journey she began a year ago, from Orbost on Skye to Inverness. Last time she was driving but this time she will be on foot, and taking in as many mountains en route as the weather allows.

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Sandy MacPhee
© Sandy MacPhee

The three week journey will cover around 150 miles and up to 23 Munros including the Cuillin ridge, the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Carn Eighe peaks. They will be camping all the way.

Money raised through sponsorship will be used to purchase specialist equipment for the departments in Raigmore Hospital that treated Sandy following a serious road accident this time last year.

She explains:

'In June last year I set off from my home in Orbost to attend a check-up appointment with a midwife at Raigmore Hospital [in Inverness]. At Lochend, only six miles from Inverness, I was in a head-on collision with a foreign driver who had been attempting a dangerous over-take as he approached a corner.'

The impact of the collision threw her from her vehicle. She suffered six breaks and fractures to her pelvis and miscarried the baby three months into the pregnancy. She spent the next seven and a half weeks bed-bound in Ward 3C of Raigmore, the hospital she had been driving to. It was never clear to what extent she would regain her mobility, but her determination to get back to health was being driven by a plan.

She says:

'Three days before I was allowed home, I edged my legs over the side of the bed for the first time and managed a couple of shaky steps on a Zimmer-frame. Within a month I had mastered what became known as the "crutch lope", and by December I was down to one walking stick'.

'Fuelling my progress was a determination, not only to walk unaided again as soon as possible, but to see through a plan that was forming to say thank you to the staff whose incredible work and endless compassion saved my life and my sanity countless times during those first weeks after the crash.'

'We would love to be joined on our journey by anyone who feels inspired either by our cause, or the beautiful wildernesses we will be travelling through.'

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On the Five Sisters
© Dan Bailey

To see their route, track their progress or even arrange to meet them on the way see the blog.

Donations can be made via Justgiving.

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