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A Kintyre woman is warming up to walk 50 kilometres back and forth across Westport beach in one day in memory of her father.
South Kintyre Active Schools co-ordinator Lindsay Ramsay is taking on the challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her dad, Bob Owen, who died last year.
She will walk from Westport to Machrihanish Burn and back – a distance of about 10 kilometres – five times on Saturday May 15, on what would have been her dad’s 76th birthday weekend.
Lindsay hopes to raise £750 for Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the largest British charities which provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer, because of the ‘invaluable’ service it provides in Kintyre. All money raised will be kept in the area.
She said: ‘Unfortunately, the diagnosis for Dad was too late, but I know how crucial the service Macmillan provides within the rural community is for all families.
‘Therefore, my aim is to raise awareness and as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support with all money staying in Argyll and Bute. This money is invaluable in supporting families living with cancer locally.’
Lindsay is inviting as many people as possible to join her — in a socially distanced manner — for the full walk or as many or few sections as they like.
It will be an early rise for those wanting to do the first leg, as the walk is set to begin at 5.45am.
The approximate leaving times from Westport for the remaining sections are: 8.15am, 10.45am, 1.15pm and 3.45pm. Further details will be shared nearer the time.
There is no need to sign up. Those wishing to join Lindsay on her walk should just show up at one or all of the starting times. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
Lindsay’s sister-in-law Leighann Burns, who has been helping promote the challenge, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get together to raise money for an invaluable community service.
‘It would be lovely to see as many people locally take part on the day, socially distanced of course.’
Donations can be made on the day or via Lindsay’s JustGiving page. Search ‘Lindsay Ramsay Walk at Westport’ on www.justgiving.com
Lindsay is well on her way towards her fundraising target, having already received donations amounting to more than £500 by the time the Courier went to press.
A Macmillan Cancer support spokesperson said: ‘At Macmillan, we give people with cancer everything we’ve got. If you are diagnosed, your worries are our worries. We do whatever it takes. But without your help, we can’t support everyone who needs us.’
The charity’s Kintyre fundraising group usually holds annual events to raise essential funds but this has not been possible during the Covid-19 pandemic, so Lindsay’s challenge will provide a welcome boost.