Cancer fundraiser

Sponsored walk: Robert Mackay is walking 200 to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer. Picture: submitted
Sponsored walk: Robert Mackay is walking 200 to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer. Picture: submitted
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A KEMNAY man is soon to embark on a 200 mile trek in aid of pancreatic cancer research.

Robert Mackay, who is a keen hill walker explained: “The reason for doing this for Pancreatic Cancer Research is that a colleague’s wife, Anne Buckley, died very suddenly of pancreatic cancer at 57 after a brief illness, so I’m doing it in her memory.

“Survival rates from Pancreatic Cancer have not changed over the past 40 years, as still only three per cent of people survive after five years of living with this disease”

The ‘Coast to Coast challenge’ is being undertaken by Rob as a self-supported trek which means he will be carrying all his own gear, including tent and food. He said: “I am looking forward to it and hope for good weather.”

The two-week treck begins on Sunday, May 13 on Stonehaven beach and finishes, Rob hopes on Saturday, May 26 on Inverie beach on the Knoydart peninsula. The route goes through Braemar, Kingussie, Invergarry and finally Inverie and involves crossing eight major passes as well as well as the most easterly (Mount Keen) and the most westerly (Ladhar Bheinn) Munros on the mainland.”

Rob is happy to have company on this trek and is hoping friends and family might accompany him some of the way. To sponsor Rob visit www.justgiving.com/coasttocoasttrek.