Kirsty Smith says committing to a Sight for Sight challenge is a great motivator to exercise during lockdown.
"By setting yourself a challenge, you’re going to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You’ll do something harder, or longer, than you would ordinarily."
The Sight for Sight fundraising challenge asks members of the public to tackle a fundraising challenge inspired by their favourite Scottish sight, and to raise funds for Sight Scotland.
Kirsty challenged herself to walk to a different Edinburgh sight every day for 20 days. Rain, snow or shine, Kirsty walked to sights such as Cramond Island (14 miles), Blackford Hill (10 mi), Lauriston Castle (12 mi), Craigmillar Castle (8 mi) and Edinburgh Zoo (13 mi) from her home in Leith.
Her final day of walking took her all the way to the Forth Rail Bridge – an impressive 23 mile wander, topping off a total of 165 miles walked.
“Knowing I had a purpose with my walk every day was great. It was definitely a bit more exciting than doing the same things every day,” she said.
“There were sights I’d never visited too, so that was lovely.”
"I just shared what I was doing and why I was doing it, with a link to my Just Giving page.
I invited people to donate if they could, and many people were able to.”
Kirsty declared her challenge on social media, and after four weeks, she had raised £1,429 in donations for Sight Scotland.
“I just shared what I was doing and why I was doing it, with a link to my Just Giving page. I had very positive feedback from friends and family. I invited people to donate if they could, and many people were able to,” Kirsty said.
Donations to Kirsty’s Sight for Sight challenge will help Sight Scotland ensure every person with visual impairment in Scotland, and their families, have access to the care, education, and support they need to overcome barriers and achieve their potential.
Kirsty encourages others to set themselves a Sight for Sight challenge, saying it’s an excellent way to break up the monotony of lockdown.
“There were days when it was hard, I was tired and I didn’t want to walk in the rain. But I felt great after each walk. And I felt like I’d achieved something for myself, and for a great cause.
”I rewarded myself with quite a lot of food,” she laughed.
The Edinburgh sights Kirsty walked to:
19 Jan: Calton Hill, Nelson’s Monument and the Acropolis – 4 miles
20 Jan: Dean Village and the Water of Leith – 7 miles
21 Jan: Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile – 5 miles
22 Jan: Arthurs Seat and the Craggs – 6 miles
23 Jan: Lauriston Castle – 12 miles
24 Jan: Blackford Hill – 10 miles
25 Jan: Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace – 4 miles
26 Jan: Greyfriars Bobby and National Museum of Scotland – 5 miles
27 Jan: Craigmillar Castle – 8 miles
28 Jan: Royal Yacht Britannia – 3 miles
29 Jan: Corstorphine Hill and Edinburgh Zoo – 13 miles
30 Jan: Cramond Island – 14 miles
31 Jan: Craiglockhart Hill – 12 miles
1 Feb: Scott Monument – 5 miles
2 Feb: Portobello Beach – 6 miles
3 Feb: McEwan Hall – 5 miles
4 Feb: Union Canal – 9 miles
5 Feb: Galleries of Modern Art – 8 miles
6 Feb: Royal Botanic Gardens – 5 miles
7 Feb: Forth Rail Bridge – 23 miles!!!
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