Ellon lawyer takes to the road in epic charity trek

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A FORMER Ellon Academy pupil is getting set to walk a 45 mile trek for charity through the Highlands, as part of a team from her former workplace.

Lawyer Angela Penny will make the journey, along with ten colleagues from Ledingham Chalmers, with the goal of generating £4000 for mico-initiatives in Africa. The WildHearts ‘Wolftrek’ will see Angela walk from Forres to Cairngorm over two days, taking in the wild region of Lochindorb.

Angela, who took part in the same event two years ago and is now based in Edinburgh, told the Times that, while she was looking forward to the challenge, it would be tough.

“I did the Wolftrek in 2009, and it was pretty mad! I’m looking forward to it, though. I’ve been travelling for the past 15 months, and have been doing some trekking in Australia and New Zealand, which is good training. I’m glad that I’m back in time for this year’s Wolftrek.”

“Having done it before, I’m a bit better prepared than I was in 2009. I am a bit worried, though, as the weather doesn’t look too good...!”

She added that the charity the funds were being raised for was one which did a lot of good work, and that it was a cause worth supporting. Mico initiatives involves making small loans available to enterprising individuals in developing countries, facilitating businesses and facilities in areas which might not otherwise be able to sustain them.

“WildHearts operates in the developing world, but this year I believe their focus is Ghana. The average loan they give to help start up a business is £150, with an affordable rate of interest.

“It’s a really worthwhile project, as it makes raising capital affordable.”

The group have raised £1459 thus far. Anyone wishing to sponsor the group can do so via www.wildheartsevents.com/lc2011.