The phone rang unexpectedly. "Could you skipper a yacht in the western islands of Scotland?", was the question. "Errr, yes........tell me more......", was the immediate answer.
What followed was an introduction to an amazing woman, Lorraine McCall, who has fought back from serious, serious illness and at the age of almost fifty determined to take on another challenge that the fittest and strongest would struggle to complete.
Amiable and exuberant, too modest by far, she has a steely resolve to be the first woman to complete the 284 Munros in Scotland in one continuous walk and the 221 Corbetts in a continuous journey of walking, sailing and cycling.
The opportunity to skipper a crew made up of Lorraine's friends was too good to miss. A wonderful bunch of people they have turned out to be and every one committed to helping Lorraine, their beloved friend.
For me personally, it has gone beyond merely sailing a boat for her. This is a woman pursuing a goal that just twelve months ago seemed an impossible prospect, and at the same time she is raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. These were the very people who helped Lorraine through her moment of need. I feel proud to have had the opportunity and privilege of helping her.
Lorraine has committed herself to a huge effort to raise money for her chosen charity. You can help too. Please dip into your pockets for even the smallest amount. Every penny will help someone in their moment of need.
Yacht Iona was kindly supplied by Peter Henderson of Spirit of June Yacht Charters.