Most people celebrate a milestone birthday with a special dinner in the company of family and loved ones or a party or perhaps even a holiday. But not Kerry Lindsay who has decided to mark her 30th birthday a bit more memorably instead.
Over the next 12 months she has challenged herself to 30 things at 30 years old including walking the West Highland Way, taking on the Three Peaks Challenge, scaling ten Munros, walking an average 10,000 steps every day for a year, cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh and many, many more.
And Kerry is doing it all to raise money for the Ayrshire Hospice, a charity that is close to her and her family’s heart.
She said: “I decided that as I approached 30 I should mark this momentous occasion by raising some much needed funds for the Ayrshire Hospice.
“I do a lot of hillwalking and thought a Munro wasn’t enough to mark my 30th so in a bit of daft moment I came up with this list.
“The hospice is a fantastic local charity who have helped my family and lots of others in recent years. The looked after my gran in 2008 and all the staff were amazing and couldn’t do more for her. My Aunt Anne also worked for the hospice for many years too.”
Next up for Kerry, who is originally from Prestwick but now lives in Glasgow, is the Ayrshire Hospice Land O’ Burns Starlight Walk on Saturday 18th May – just a couple of weeks after she has completed the 22.6 mile Glasgow Kiltwalk and the 96 mile West Highland Way! It’s been a gruelling month for Kerry which has already taken its toll.
Kerry added: “I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro for the Ayrshire Hospice a few years ago, and regularly climb Munros and felt fine after them, but I got my first blisters after the Kiltwalk Glasgow so that was new for me!”
You can join Kerry at Ayrshire Hospice Land O’ Burns Starlight Walk by registering at www.ayrshirehospice.org/ or show your support by donating to her campaign via her Virgin Money page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com and searching for Kerry Lindsay.