Coast­guards walk for Ali

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Coast­guard vol­un­teers went the ex­tra mile on a walk to Skye in mem­ory of a col­league who died from can­cer, writes Kathie Grif­fiths.

The group from Oban left Pul­pit Hill on Thurs­day morn­ing and ar­rived at Ed­in­bane, Skye, at 5pm on Fri­day, foot-weary but elated, helped on the way by sup­plies of cof­fee and cake – with even a bot­tle of whisky handed out on route.

Ali Mac­Nab, who was a key mem­ber of the town’s Coast­guard Res­cue Team, died in Jan­uary 2016, aged 48.

Mr Mac­Nab grew up in Ed­in­bane and his friends walked a lit­tle fur­ther once they got there so they could reach Duibaig Beach where he used to fish with his dad.

Mr Mac­Nab’s ex­tended fam­ily joined them for a poignant pho­to­graph at the beach. By the end of the week­end the group had al­ready topped its tar­get of £1,500 with more do­na­tions and gift aid still com­ing in.

‘Next year? Al­ready in the plan­ning,’ said Iain MacKin­non, who was this year’s driver sup­port­ing team mem­bers Calum Carnie, Ron Steven­son, Steve Miller, Andy Bar­rie, Tim Aitken­head and Davy Bryce. Funds will go to Can­cer Re­search UK.

Last year’s walk brought in £6,500.

To make a do­na­tion go to just­giv­­ing/ iain-mack­in­non3

The team mem­bers un­der­took the walk in mem­ory of their friend and col­league Ali Mac­Nab.

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