Feb 3 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
SHE’S the big-hearted volunteer driver who is retiring in style.
For 70-year-old Jan McMorris is climbing Goatfell in Arran to mark the end of her 16 years with Ayrshire Cancer Support.
And the granny can’t wait to get her walking boots on.
Prestwick woman Jan explained: “I thought it would be appropriate to do something this year since it’s my 70th year and Ayrshire Cancer Support’s 30th year.
“I decided it’s time to retire and take some time for me.
“I started as a volunteer driver 16 years after I saw an advert in the paper, I’ve absolutely loved it. I work Monday to Friday and it’s not that I have to go but I just feel it’s my time to go now.”
But not before she raises as much cash as she can for the charity she has dedicated so much of her time to.
Jan continued: “I’m going to retire in April when my 70th birthday is. I climb Goatfell on April 8 and head off to Benidorm to celebrate the next day.”
And a week of rest and recuperation will be just what Jan needs after her feat.
She said: “We’re going to go over to Arran and stay overnight. I’m told it’ll take two hours to get up there and another two to get back down.
“I really can’t wait. I’ve never done anything like this. I’m so excited.
“Although I have done a sponsored walk for 14 years and the Santa dash for four years. This is something I really want to do.”
Jan will embark on her trek with her daughter Caroline Clark, 39, granddaughter Danielle Durrant, 17, and pals Margaret Hamilton and Debbie McCann.
The money the girls raise will help Ayrshire Cancer Support to provide emotional support and practical help for cancer patients, their families, carers and the bereaved.