A former researcher and lecturer at the University, Dr May’s extensive contribution to the field of learning disability stretches back over 30 years. His work has been influential in a number of areas, including transitions in the lives of people with learning disabilities, and his teaching brought a different perspective to social work teaching.
Dr May (73) has continued to work energetically since his retirement, and his effervescence will stand him in good stead when he takes on the walking challenge on Wednesday, 25th June, and Thursday, 26th June.
The Cateran Trail is a 57 mile (92K) circular walking route in central Perthshire, which covers a variety of terrain, including farmland, mountains and forest. The path itself follows old drovers’ roads, paved roads and farm tracks. It is usually walked in sections over 5 or 6 days.
Dr May intends on doing the whole circuit within a 48-hour period taking the following route. He has taken on the challenge in recognition of the work that PAMIS does in supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families.
“As part of some work I recently did for the charity I talked to a number of such families. This brought home to me how much they value the support that PAMIS gives them and the difference it makes to their lives. I hope that in some small way what I am setting out to do will repay those families for the help they gave me.
“I turn 74 this July, have been a regular hillwalker for the past 25 years. In 2005 I completed the round of Munros and I still go out regularly but tend to confine my activities to the Glen Doll/Glenshee area these days.”
Anyone who wishes to sponsor Dr May can do so at http://supportpamis.everydayhero.com/uk/david-may.