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Schiehallion helps launch charity appeal

The John Muir Trust hosted a family day on Schiehallion last week to launch an appeal to raise more than £500,000 to help children with cancer in Scotland.

Professor Brenda Gibson launched the Schiehallion Appeal last weekend by leading a group of patients and families to the top of Schiehallion.

Organisers from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said, “It was a fantastic day and such an amazing experience to climb Schiehallion with children who have overcome cancer and their families. The John Muir Trust were a great help too, and had lots of activities at the foot of the hill for the children who are still receiving treatment and couldn’t climb. We experienced a typical day in the Scottish hills, with sun, rain, wind and hail, but a great time was had by all.”

More than 100 children with cancer are treated in wards 2A and 2B of the hospital – known as Schiehallion – each year. Professor Gibson named the ward Schiehallion more than 20 years ago, and explained why it was so important to mark the launch of our appeal in this way:

“We named the unit after the mountain to mirror the journey for children with cancer. We recognise that it’s an uphill struggle; but we also recognise that you can walk up a path with lots of people who will get you to the top.

“The best part of the day for me was seeing children who I have treated on the ward, who have been very ill, wave as they overtake me as they run up the hill”.

Thanks to the John Muir Trust there were lots of activities for those who stayed at basecamp, including fire lighting, den building, arts and crafts and tree planting. The Appeal is now seeking volunteers who want to help children in Scotland with cancer by climbing Schiehallion themselves or taking part in an event or just by donating – details can be found on the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity website.

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