Stacey McCallum’s late mum and dad were always on her mind as she put in a peak performance for charity, Guide Dogs
The late parents of a Lanarkshire woman were with her every step of the way, quite literally, when she made the remarkable climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, carrying their ashes.
After Stacey McCallum’s dad died suddenly in 2017 at the age of 57, followed only 13 months later by the passing of her 54-year-old mum, who had battled MS, she pledged to tackle the world’s highest, single, free-standing mountain above sea level in their memory.
Not only did she succeed only weeks ago in her quest to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, which sits proudly at 5895 metres high, 19,341 feet above sea level, she also raised nearly £7500 for Guide Dogs – the charity that gave her inspirational friend a reason for living after he suddenly lost his sight.
Since Stacey was introduced to Scott Cunningham in the workplace around seven years ago, she has been full of admiration for the Larkhall man who was only 23 when his optic nerves died away, completely robbing him of his vision.
As his way of giving back to Guide Dogs, avid skier and marathon runner Scott, 51 – whose current companion, Lincoln, is his fourth guide dog – has raised tens of thousands for the charity.