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Claire steps out to raise money for Macmillan whose nurses cared for her dad in the days before he died


By Pat Scott

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A HUNTLY woman is over the moon with how much she managed to raise for Macmillan Cancer Support from her recent Kiltwalk.

Claire Cameron (35) did not wear a kilt though but donned a tartan hat with ginger hair, in memory of her lorry driver dad, Jim, who died due to cancer in July 2019, two weeks before his 68th birthday - and who had ginger hair.

Claire Cameron, left with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Claire Cameron, left with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

When Claire signed up to the Kiltwalk on the charity's website, she had to commit to raising £125 but when she closed off the giving page her total stood at £1600 and a further £800 will be added by the Hunter Foundation.

Claire said: "I knew that between me, mum and my brother, Kevin. we would manage to come up with £125 but I never expected to raise so much."

Money was donated on a Just Giving page and donations kept on coming after the walk when Claire posted a thanks to everyone who had donated to support her.

Claire was joined on the trek by her friend Sarah McKinnon (34) and her nephew, Kai (10) and they all wore Macmillan Cancer Support t shirts with 'Basil' her dad's nickname across the front.

Claire Cameron, centre with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Claire Cameron, centre with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Clare and Sarah set off from her house on Clashmach Terrace and clocked up the miles around the town before heading out to complete the Portsoy road loop and back through the town.

As they trekked around the 15 mile circuit, in glorious sunshine, they stopped off at her dad's grave and drank a toast to him.

Next up was a pit stop at her mum, Tina's house at Pirriesmill and after a rest and refreshments there, joined by Kai, they set off to walk the Mungo.

Claire Cameron, left with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Claire Cameron, left with her nephew Kai and friend Sarah McKinnon who raised £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the Kiltwalk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Claire said: "We walked in dad's memory and it was quite emotional. Macmillan nurses looked after dad at home in the days before he died and supported the rest of us. Having them come in meant he was able to have his wish to die at home and made things easier for us.

"It was a very special thing for Sarah to do with me as she has a leg injury which can swell up when she walks so ti was quite a challenge for her. My feet were not as sore as I expected either and it really was a great day for the walk.

"We raised £300 from a lucky squares draw and at the end of the walk, Ronnie Thom, who was a close friend of dad's drew that for us."


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