Blowing away cobwebs on charity Westport walk

Fiona Semple, Catherine Ralston, Iona Barr and Mary Cameron wrapped up warmly for the blustery walk.
Fiona Semple, Catherine Ralston, Iona Barr and Mary Cameron wrapped up warmly for the blustery charity walk.

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More than £1,500 was raised for the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund by 44 hardy souls who battled the elements to walk from Westport car park along the beach to Machrihanish.

As well as facing a strong breeze, there were many areas of stones and gravel on the shore which challenged the participants during Saturday afternoon’s charity walk.

Thankfully, members of Campbeltown Coastguard were in attendance to ensure all walkers’ safety.

Despite the challenging conditions, there was also welcome sunshine and the ‘amazing scenery and company’ helped most people complete the five-mile walk in one-and-a-half hours.

They then tucked in to some well-earned refreshments at Machrihanish Village Hall, including home-baked goods made by members of the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund committee.

Argyll Bakeries also donated some baking and sausage rolls which were gratefully received and enjoyed by all.

The hall hire was free of charge, a gesture for which the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund committee is very thankful to the Machrihanish Village Hall committee.

The final total was still being counted as the Courier went to press but, between entry fees, sponsorships, donations and a raffle, the event raised more than £1,500 which will help the charity to continue financially supporting people from Kintyre affected by cancer.

‘The committee continues to be amazed by the generosity of the community, raising over £1,500 in one afternoon,’ said Jane Millar, the fund’s company secretary.

‘We were pleased to see so many people participate in the walk and help raise awareness of the fund.

‘We have a few more fundraising events planned for this year, including a football fun day and a golf competition at Dunaverty, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and local notice boards for posters advertising these events.’