The world’s fastest female solo Atlantic rower will shortly start the Highland stint of her UK and Ireland coastal litter pick.
Former science teacher Kiko Matthews, 37, beat cancer and brain surgery to complete the 50 day row last year.
Her efforts crossing the 3,000 nautical miles from Barbados to Gran Canaria raised more than £70,000 to help build a new intensive care unit at the hospital where she received life-saving treatment, King’s College in London.
She is now undertaking a 4,500 mile cycle tour dubbed Kik-Plastic 2019 to raise awareness of marine litter, particularly single use plastic.
She started the tour in Margate on May 5th and expects to complete it in London on July 28.
On Thursday, she will reach the western Highlands and will be working with Arisaig Eco Project to do a beach clean-up with the community along the coast.
Volunteers should gather at the Land, Sea and Islands Centre at 7.30pm.
Kiko said: “My focus for this project is not to be the fastest, but to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastic and engage communities to help tackle it.”
She’ll be stopping at many Highland and island locations for evening beach cleans including Knoydart, Uig (Lewis), Sielebost (Harris), Stornoway, Scourie, Bettyhill, John O’Groats, Dornoch and Nairn.