Last mission for jungle bound gran

Eastwood gran Shirley Butler off to jungles of Indonesia for charity trek for Scope.
Eastwood gran Shirley Butler off to jungles of Indonesia for charity trek for Scope.

An Eastwood grandma who has raised thousands of pounds by taking part in charity treks across the world will hang her walking boots up for the final time in September.

Former social worker Shirley Butler, 78, who lives at Nether Green with husband David, has raised more than £30,000 for disabled charity Scope by embarking on walking challenges in ten different countries.

This year, Shirley, who has two children and five grandchildren, will make her 11th and final trip when she heads off to the rainforest of Sumatra in Indonesia as part of an organised trip with 11 other people, which will include a 60 mile walk.

Shirley said: “When I retired at 65 I had the chance of going to Eygpt, climbing Mount Sinai and walking the desert with disabled charity Scope. I thought it would be a good way to hang my boots up but here I am 16 years later still trekking and fundraising, and still enthusiast about it.

She added: “I am going to live in the jungle for five days learning survival skills including fishing, making fires, and catching my own food. There will be lots of mosquitos and orangutans.

“I am looking forward to it. It will be my last trek as I’m pushing on a bit.”

Shirley, who is the oldest woman to have to have climbed Mount Roraima in Venezeula, said “I would like to thank everyone helping me support Scope.

“I have raised more than £30,000 - any one of us could have a child with Cerebral Palsy.”

If anyone would like to sponsor Shirley to help her reach her target of £3,500 they can call her on 01773 716655.