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Charity walk raises £4K for Keith Cancer Link


By Sarah Rollo

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A KEITH woman was joined by female family and friends as she undertook a sponsored walk for a charity close to her heart.

Donna Ewen (49) and a squad of 14 others trekked 12 miles from Fife Keith, around the Balloch and back, in support of Keith Cancer Link (KCL).

That was on August 15 and money raised has now been tallied, with £4000 going to the local charity.

Donna, a support worker for adults with learning disabilities at Loch Park Adventure Centre, thanked everyone who backed her fundraiser.

She said: "I had breast cancer last year and KCL were absolutely fantastic so I wanted to raise some money so that someone else can benefit from their help."

Donna Ewen (front) and friends during the sponsored walk for Keith Cancer Link. Picture John MacLeod/Moraylight.
Donna Ewen (front) and friends during the sponsored walk for Keith Cancer Link. Picture John MacLeod/Moraylight.

The charity has been offering support to the people of Keith and district affected by cancer and cancer-related illnesses since its foundation in 1983.

That includes a taxi service for visits to clinics and hospitals for treatments.

Donna said: "I had to travel from Keith to Aberdeen for radiotherapy and they picked me up right from my door, took me there, waited the whole time, and then took me back.

"I didn't have to worry about the journey or parking, it was really fantastic."

The sponsored walk – which included a prosecco stop – took place in the height of summer and was backed by Sally at Shears hair salon and beauty retreat in Keith, who donated £610 to the total.

Donna said: "I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously. It was the hottest day of the year so it was hard work, but we had great fun along the way."

KCL chairwoman Adeline Reid, who was made an MBE in 2016 for her services to the charity, said: "Donna’s donation is wonderful.

"On behalf of KCL I cannot thank the girls enough for all their efforts in raising such a large sum of money.

"Thanks to Donna's organisational skills in coordinating the event, also to Sally at Shears for her support."

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