Congratulations to Northumberland Freemason, Alan Forrest, on completing his marathon attempt of walking the West Highland Way.
Alan had wanted to walk the incredible 96 mile journey from Milngavie to Fort William for many years. So, having retired, he decided to take on the challenge and also raise money for TLC Northumberland which he had admired and supported for many years.
Locating his caravan on the banks of Loch Lomond to use as a base camp, Alan started the walk from Milngavie on 21st April arriving in Fort William on 3rd May. For the entire walk, Alan carried one of the TLC Teddies on the back of his rucksack together with a donation box.
Meeting and talking to people from various parts of the world along the way, was itself, an amazing experience. Many people enquired about the charity, having seen ‘Mr Ted’ hitching a lift on my rucksack. l was delighted to explain to them what the TLC charity was all about and equally promoting Freemasonry. The very kind generosity that l received from fellow walkers (who l had never met before) was overwhelming
Alan completed the West Highland Way in nine days and is extremely grateful to his wonderful wife Sue who was his support and backup. Each morning Sue dropped Alan off for the next leg of his hike and would pick him up and head back to the caravan at the end of the day.
Alan’s aim was to raise £500 but with the amazing generosity of Brethren, family, friends and even other walkers met along the way, he raised the fantastic sum of £2,100.
Well done Alan!