Walkers out in wild weather to raise breast screening funds
FORTY determined walkers braved torrential rain and gale-force winds to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer screening in the Highlands.
Organiser Elaine MacNeil planned the moonlit outing last Friday to support the screening unit in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, after she had a scare earlier this year.
The Fort William bar worker said: ‘I noticed a lump, went to the doctor on the Monday and was screened in Inverness on the Friday. Thankfully I got the all clear, but when I was sitting in the waiting room I realised I was surrounded by women who wouldn’t all get the good news I did.
‘I was so grateful for how quickly I was seen because spotting cancer early can make such a difference. I decided I wanted to do something to help the screening unit and that’s when I planned the moonlit walk.’
Some people were put off by the weather and the planned route had to be cut by around 10 minutes but the 40 who took part were rewarded with tea and cakes at Wetherspoon’s, where a raffle took place to boost the total raised to £650.
Elaine added: ‘The support I got was fantastic,’ but said the event was as much about raising awareness as funds and highlighted the importance of checking lumps early.
She said: ‘We’re so lucky in the Highlands because we can be screened quickly. The worry I went through on the days I was waiting was a living nightmare.’
BEST FEET FORWARD: Forty hardy walkers braved wind and rain in Fort
William to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer screening.