Charity fundraiser Campbell McCaig from Port William is heading to Nepal tomorrow to complete a gruelling 200 mile trek to the base camp of Everest to raise funds for a cause very close to his heart, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.
Forty-one-year Campbell, who works as an agricultural relationship manager for RBS in Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire, wants to give something back to the hospital where his young daughter Katie underwent treatment.
Campbell said: “When Katie was small she had three operations at Yorkhill. It was not a life threatening situation but they allowed her to lead a normal life. She still goes for a yearly check up and throughout it all Yorkhill have been absolutely brilliant. Doing this allows me to do something for them in return. I say it’s like paying for Katie’s treatment.”
With an initial target of rasing £20,000, Campbell has been so well supported he has already passed that mark and currently the amount he has raised stands at £23,000 with donations still rolling in.
It will take Campbell two full day’s travelling to get to the roof of the world. Tomorrow he flies to London from Glasgow then catches a flight to Dehli in India where he will have an overnight stop. On Monday morning it’s off north to Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. He will then change planes for the final hop to the town of Lukla high in the Himalayas and the traditional starting point for treks to Everest. During the 19-day trip Campbell will join nine other fundraisers from various charities attempting to walk to Everest base camp, a distance of 200 miles and a climb from 2000 metres above sea level to 6000 metres.
To improve his fitness levels ahead of this physically demanding challenge, Campbell as been doing circuit training with local personal trainer David Hyslop, who is also one of his sponsors. He has also been cycling regularly up and down Cairnsmore and the Merrick.
But he won’t be putting his trainers away when he gets home. After stopping off at the hospital on his return with wife Elaine and daughter Katie to hand over a cheque for the amount raised to the hospital, Campbell then plans to cycle the 72 mile Yorkhill Hospital Charity Cycle in May.
There is still time to support Campbell’s charity challenge if you go to www.justgiving.com/Campbell-McCaig or text CMCC73 £5 to 70070.