FOUR feet – and eight paws ­– are getting ready to conquer more than 100 miles to help provide entertainment for a care home.

Helen Isphahani and Sandra Boag are preparing to lace up their walking boots to raise money for Lammermuir House Care Home.

The duo – along with Labradors Harvey and Lily – will walk the West Highland Way before immediately taking on Scotland’s highest peak, Ben Nevis.

Senior care assistant Helen said: “Last year, I did a cycle of the North Coast 500 to raise funds for the activities.

“I was trying to find something, a way that was a bit different and still push us a little bit.”

She added: “I think pushing your boundaries, cycling or walking ridiculous miles in places you don’t know, it is a challenge for us.”

The first leg of the journey, which starts next Friday (June 7), will see Helen, Sandra, Harvey and Lily take on the 96-mile West Highland Way, which stretches from Milngavie to Fort William.

Then, after four days of gruelling walking along the popular route, they will turn their attention to the 4,411-feet ascent of Ben Nevis.

Sandra, who has been a care assistant at the home for four years, said: “It is averaging out at about 20 miles each day.

“We are rough camping as well, which is part of the challenge.

“It is something completely new to me and the dogs.

“They have been training, we have been training, for this.

“They will have long gaps in between each set of miles that they are doing.

“We have all the equipment for the dogs that they need, like water sachets in case they drink something out of a burn and it upsets their stomach.”

Money raised will be used to help pay for activities for those living in the care home.

The more money raised, the more they can reach out to different entertainers, whether that is musicians or even bringing a petting zoo to the care home.

However, it is not just 60-year-old Helen and Sandra, 49, who are doing their bit.

Residents of the care home, which was opened by HM The Queen in 1986, will also be clocking up the miles.

Emma Buglass, home administrator, said: “On the day that Helen and Sandra climb Ben Nevis, we will be taking our residents out.

“Depending on their own abilities, some may walk the corridor, some will walk around the garden, some will walk further and some in a wheelchair will go out with family or carers.

“We will put a pedometer on the person who is walking with them and the total will add up to four miles – and hopefully we will beat Helen and Sandra to the top!”

A finish line will also be set up for all those walking at the care home before a welcome home party for Helen and Sandra, who both live in the town.

Gladys Somanje, home manager, plans to meet the duo at Ben Nevis before they start the second part of the challenge.

She said everyone in the community could attend the welcome home party and added: “Most of the residents come from the local community here and this is their home, this is their house, and we are inviting the whole community to be with us.

“We are really proud of our colleagues.

“This is going the extra mile for our residents.”

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