Charity walk raises over £25k

Alison Brown and son James present the donation to Susan Crighton and Moureen Wilson of CLAN
Alison Brown and son James present the donation to Susan Crighton and Moureen Wilson of CLAN

A Kemnay woman has presented cancer charity CLAN with a donation of more than £25,000 following the huge success of her Purple Walk.

The fundraising event was held in Kemnay on Sunday, September 4, with nearly 400 people joining organiser Alison Brown for the 10km walk.

Alison, 35, wanted to organise an event for the charity having accessed CLAN’s support and wellbeing services following her own cancer diagnosis in 2013, had no idea how successful the day would become.

She said: “When I was organising the event, the support I received from local businesses including A&G Collie Butcher, Bennachie Lodge Hotel, Kemnay Scouts and Explorers, Fitness Class with Jackie and Show Burrows who did the Zumba warm up for everyone, really blew me away and helped to create such a special atmosphere on the day.

“My family and friends were also so supportive and really encouraged me to push forward with the event as they know how much CLAN helped me and my close family during my treatment. However the event wouldn’t have been such a success without all the fantastic people who walked the 10km with me.”

Following the success of the event, Alison is in the process of securing support for a second Purple Walk in 2017.

Susan Crighton, CLAN Cancer Support Fundraising Manager, said: “The awareness that Alison has helped to raise about CLAN’s services both in Aberdeen and the Inverurie area is so important to us, but to also raise over £25,000 at the same time is truly special.”