Friday, 5 March 2010

An Archivist in the Andes

In May 2010, ARMMS’ very own Jennifer Johnstone will be going to Peru to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. She will be there for 10 days, trekking for 4, and all to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

When Jennifer is there it will be exactly a year since her mother had a heart attack. Thankfully her mother made a good recovery and is now back at work - but it was the fact she had the attack in spite of being a healthy and active non-smoker that caused the greatest shock. It certainly made Jennifer realise that this can happen to anyone at any time which is why the work that the British Heart Foundation does is so important and why she has decided to help raise money for them.

It is going to be a really tough challenge as she is – by her own confession - ‘not much of a hill walker (yet!)’ but she is sure it will be an amazing experience. Over the next few months she will be training hard and trying to raise over £3,000 through various ventures.

One such fund-raising endeavour took place on our ‘red-day’ on Friday, 5th March, when we all wore something red; Jennifer brought in pink cakes and muffins which were enjoyed by her colleagues in return for a donation.

Jennifer is an Assistant Archivist in Archive Services and has been here for 5 years. She has also been working towards the MLitt in Archives and Records Management programme run by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies and has just recently completed her studies by handing in her dissertation.

If you would like to make a donation to the BHF and help Jennifer get to Machu Picchu, please visit her justgiving site or feel free to drop her an email:

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