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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) health experts complete Kilimanjaro climb for charity

By Jess Fulton

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Professor Trish Gorely and Dr Michelle Beattie.
Professor Trish Gorely and Dr Michelle Beattie.

Two members of UHI's nursing and midwifery team climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of a charity close to their hearts.

Professor Trish Gorely and Dr Michelle Beattie from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, for Parkinson's UK.

They surpassed their £1000 fundraising target, raising almost £2000.

Dr Beattie has two relatives who suffer with Parkinson's.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, Africa and reaches over 19,000ft in height. Their nine-day journey up the 19,000 foot peak – a dormant volcano – was completed despite suffering altitude sickness, travelling as part of a team of 10 others from the UK.

Dr Beattie said: "The mountain is incredible with beautiful scenery. The best part of the walk was the freedom from everyday life, time to reflect and climbing the Barranco wall."

The Barranco wall is 257 metres high, a steep rocky upward stretch of the mountain which is infamously hard to scale.

Dr Beattie said: "The main challenges were no contact to family during the trek and limited washing facilities."

Both are now back home safely and their Just Giving page for Parkinson's will remain open for the next couple of weeks.

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