Donna is on maternity leave from the national charity, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, where she has worked for nine years, is including local buggy walks with three-month-old Eilidh as part of her regular training routine.
As someone who co-ordinated community-based support for NHS hearing aid users in Ayrshire & Arran and now manages the charity’s Scotland-wide Hearing Forces project which provides information and advice for older veterans who have tinnitus or hearing loss, Donna knows how much Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s services are cherished by the thousands of people who use them.
Donna said: “As I wanted to continue contributing to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s activities whilst on maternity leave, I thought walking a few miles with Eilidh in her buggy would be a great way for her to discover the wonderful sights and sounds of East Kilbride and be a great way of preparing for the Kiltwalk and raising vital funds for the charity.
“For almost a decade, I have seen so many people’s faces light up when we’ve supported them to get the best use of their hearing aids or find out about assistive technology which can help them to hear their family, friends or neighbours more clearly.
“It’s a cause close to my heart and knowing the positive impacts we make in the everyday lives of people who have hearing loss or tinnitus is spurring me on to raise as much money as I can.
“Local mums I befriended before and after Eilidh was born have been very supportive and I’d greatly appreciate if other people in East Kilbride would consider backing my fundraising too.”