Fundraising – Dan and Dionne’s Scottish Canoe Challenge for the MS Trust
Director of Constructive Space Dan Jones and his lovely wife Dionne will be taking part in the MS Trust’s Scottish Coast to Coast Canoe Challenge, running from the 6th to the 10th of September 2017. The two will be braving the Scottish weather and camping overnight in a final bid to raise as much as we can for our Charity of the Year, the MS Trust.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.
Symptoms of MS
The symptoms are unpredictable. Some people’s symptoms develop and worsen steadily over time, while for others they come and go. Periods when symptoms get worse are known as “relapses”. Periods when symptoms improve or disappear are known as “remissions”. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- vision problems
- numbness and tingling
- muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness
- mobility problems
- problems with thinking, learning and planning
- depression and anxiety
- sexual problems
- bladder problems
- bowel problems
- speech and swallowing difficulties
What does the MS Trust do?
As well as providing free information to anyone affected by MS, The MS Trust is also in contact with over 6,000 health professionals who look to us for information, education and support in their roles. The MS Trust is an effective and respected advocate for people with MS and we are determined to see an improvement in MS services.
“Our Information Service is provided free of charge and, whilst our books and information are distributed widely by the NHS, the MS Trust does not receive any government funding towards this service. Apart from our education courses where we charge a small fee, we rely entirely on the support of donors, people who take part in our fundraising events or organise their own events, grant-making trusts and people who leave a donation in their will.”
The Itinerary of the Challenge
Inverness - Fort William - Loch Lochy
Meet in Inverness at 10am for a transfer (1.5hrs) to Fort William where the canoeing will begin. We will paddle along the canal to Gairlochy where we leave the canoes and portage (carry the boats across land to the next section of water) to Loch Lochy where we continue for another 17km to arrive halfway down Loch Lochy at Clunes Bay for camp this evening. Total distance: 25km paddle Overnight: camping
Loch Lochy - Loch Oich
Leaving Clunes Bay we paddle to Laggan where we will do another portage. We continue along a small canal section into Loch Oich and camp halfway down the Loch. Total distance: 15km paddle Overnight: camping
Loch Oich - Loch Ness
We start half way down Loch Oich then have a long portage into Fort Augustus. Arriving in Fort Augustus we get our first glimpse of the vast and beautiful Loch Ness. Here we will build a ‘raft’ with our canoes and sail for the rest of the day, half way down Loch Ness. Sailing on canoe is a fast, effective and also social way to navigate the waters! Total distance: 20-25km paddle/sail Overnight: camping
After breakfast this morning we enjoy more sailing until we reach the end of Loch Ness at Dores Bay. Total distance: 25-30km sail/paddle Overnight: camping
Loch Ness - Inverness
Today we set off on the canal route which will lead us to the Muirtown Basin at Inverness mid-afternoon, marking the end of our canoe adventure. Total distance: 15km paddle
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