Walk­ers out in wild weather to raise breast screen­ing funds

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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