‘I pushed myself to the limit' for charity walk

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Stuck in a lockdown rut, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service training support assistant Elizabeth Dolan decided to kick start each day in May with a brisk walk before logging on to work from home.

By the end of the month she’d walked 150km.

Elizabeth, 43, from Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, was determined to keep going in June, but this time raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

She said: "I was stuck in a rut and I missed my usual routine that I had before lockdown.

“I just decided that I was going to do something about it. Walking is all I can do really because of nerve damage in my foot.

“I really pushed myself to the limit and despite six days of suffering from sciatica I kept fighting on to complete the challenge.

"I would walk in the morning and at night sometimes. It was worth the effort just to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

"I'd like to thank my colleagues and my son who sponsored me.”

Elizabeth raised a fantastic total of £150.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the charity’s traditional fundraising and it only expects to raise around 50% of its usual income during this period.

Fiona McMillan, The Fire Fighters Charity’s Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser for Scotland, praised Elizabeth’s efforts and awarded her two badges - the Outstanding Personal Challenge and the Outstanding Physical Challenge.

Fiona said: “We’re so proud of Elizabeth’s incredible achievement and thank her so much for all of her hard work, dedication and support”.

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