Teen to walk 21 miles for cancer charity

Ciaran has been volunteering at the Montrose Cancer Research UK shop for a couple of years and will be undertaking a sponsored walk from the shop. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Ciaran has been volunteering at the Montrose Cancer Research UK shop for a couple of years and will be undertaking a sponsored walk from the shop. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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A 15-year-old Brechin High School pupil is using his Duke of Edinburgh Award work to raise money for Cancer Research.

Ciarán Campbell, who is in fourth year at the high school, is working towards his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE), and plans to walk 21-miles to raise money for charity.

While the walk forms part of the physical element of the award, Ciarán decided to use it as an opportunity to raise money for charity at the same time.

He said: “I wanted to have a goal to work towards when I was doing the fitness element, and I was keen to help raise money for Cancer Research.”

It’s not the first time the he has done a fund-raising walk either - his Mum Fiona explained: “Last year, for his bronze, he added to his physical element by walking 13.5 miles to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.”

Ciarán picked Cancer Research as his chose charity, because he is currently volunteering at their charity shop in Montrose on a Saturday morning as part of volunteering part of his DoE. Fiona explained: “He’s been volunteering at the charity shop continuously since his bronze award. He does a Saturday morning, and has done since December 2013. It’s a good cause to support because cancer hits so many people in different ways.”

There is a personal reason behind the choice as well, with Ciarán adding: “My great granny passed away from cancer.”

Ciarán will be joined by his Mum on the walk, with whom he devised the route, which will start from the charity shop and is estimated to take almost seven hours. Fiona said: “We will be leaving from the shop and going up Hillside and taking the back road to Taranty, then we will take the back road from there to the House of Dun and then following the footpath to Montrose.”

Ciarán has credited the DoE award scheme with helping him with his confidence, adding: “It’s helped me learn new skills and volunteering at the charity shop has given me experience in the workplace.”

Speaking about the walk, which he will undertake the walk on April 11, during his school’s Easter holidays, Ciarán said: “I’ve set a target of £500. I am really looking forward to it, it should be quite fun.”

He joked: “I think I will be fine - I’m not sure about my Mum!”

Ciarán can be sponsored for his charity walk at www.justgiving.com/Ciaran-Campbell2015