Director of GCU Foundation, Alumni Engagement and Events
Glasgow Caledonian University

fr-kiltwalk-jill‌What kind of challenge are you planning to do and why?

I’m going to do two challenges. Between us, my partner Robert and our daughters Sophie and Lucy and I will be walking 32 miles which is the combined distance of the Kiltwalk's ‘mighty stroll’ and ‘wee wander’ walks. On top of that I will do a squat and plank challenge undertaking a squat for every pound raised and holding a minute plank (in intervals) for every hundred pound raised.

What motivated you to take part – either personal or philanthropic?

This has been an incredibly tough year for our students. They have faced so much disruption in terms of adapting to a new way of learning, large numbers losing part time jobs and many feeling anxious and concerned about their futures. 

For students with no access to income or family support this is extremely tough and in my job we get to see first-hand how a little support really can go a long way. It can help to ease financial pressures and give a real boost mentally too. 

Staff across the University have gone and above and beyond to support students despite facing their own challenges this past year, and that has been great to see.  This is a way I can play a part in contributing to that support. 

How are you preparing for your challenge?

My fitness has definitely slipped this past year, and I have missed the gyms being closed, so I am using this as a way to get back into exercising. I am not concerned about the walk but I might be regretting the squats and planks on Monday 26th!