Charity walk raises over £3,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Pictured are, from left, Gerry, Richard and Steve at Dunnottar Castle
Pictured are, from left, Gerry, Richard and Steve at Dunnottar Castle

A Brechin man who undertook a 240-mile walk in memory of his wife who lost her life to breast cancer has raised over £3,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Richard Thompson carried out the DD Daunder in memory of Lesley last year, which seen him and his two sons-in-law, Steve Collins and Gerry McAllister, walk from Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven to Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye in just 14 days.

Richard said: “My wife Lesley died after an eight-year battle with breast cancer. The help and support she received from Stracathro Hospital and the Macmillan nurses was fantastic and this walk was an event to remember her as well as raise funds for Macmillan as a thank you.”

He added: “I must admit the walk was no easy feat. We had no rest days and we were faced with all the elements - wind, rain, snow and glorious sunshine but I really enjoyed it and having friends and family help along the route was a real boost. My two daughters, Jenny and Vicky, were a tremendous support to us throughout the entire trip, cooking for us and driving items from one point to another. It was certainly a different type of two week break for us all.”

The walk was part of Macmillan’s ‘Your Walk’ campaign which encourages people to create their very own walking event to help raise funds for the charity.

Richard raised a total of £3,565 so far from his walk which will help Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical and financial support for people living with cancer.

Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for Tayside and Angus, Shirlie Geddes added: “Richard’s story is heartwarming and I’m delighted that he chose to undertake a huge challenge for Lesley as well as help raise much needed funds for Macmillan.

“Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of us will ever face and we could not provide the much needed support we do without this kind of fund-raising. A huge thank you to Richard and his family for making this event such a success.”