A Fife policewoman has conquered the 96-mile West Highland Way Race, raising an astonishing £2,520 for charity in the process. Jo Murphy says she was spurred on by her determination to help children who have lost their sight, as the son of a colleague in Dunfermline had.
Jo first sampled the West Highland Way route seven years ago when she took part in the Fling relays. Since then she has developed a taste for long distance trail runs and admits she was determined to better her time from the 2016 West Highland Way Race. She achieved just that - finishing with a personal best of 19 hours, 57 minutes.
The 30-year-old from Crossgates in Fife ran the race to help sight loss charity RNIB Scotland record a new ‘Talking Book’ for blind and partially sighted children.
“Like most others, I take for granted basic things in everyday life,” Jo explained.
“Last July, my colleague Tony Herring’s 11 year-old son, Cameron, complained of having a sore back. Three days later he was in a coma in hospital, struck down with a virus. Cameron's speech has been drastically affected but he has continued to defy the medical staff and is improving in many aspects each day. However, he is now completely blind after damage was caused to his optic nerve and his sight may never return.
“I wanted to raise enough funds to allow RNIB to record a new ‘Talking Book’ for children with sight loss like Cameron. I couldn’t think of a more fitting cause to raise funds for.”
From the sponsorship money Jo has raised from friends, family and supporters, she is sponsoring a children's ‘Talking Book’ for £1,500. The title she has chosen is ‘Salt to the Sea’ by Ruta Sepetys, which has won the Carnegie Medal, one of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. The remaining £1,020 will be donated towards RNIB Scotland’s Haggeye youth forum and its own drive to raise funds for another Talking Book.