Bridge walk for charity

Pictured at the Craw's Nest Carnoustie on Wednesday are, from left - George Irvine propriator, Neil colville, Mike Bell, Russell Smith and Dougie Mitchell.

Pictured at the Craw's Nest Carnoustie on Wednesday are, from left - George Irvine propriator, Neil colville, Mike Bell, Russell Smith and Dougie Mitchell.

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A Carnoustie man is donning his walking shoes and organising a 24-mile walk to help raise funds for a cancer charity.

Mike Bell (49) who has lived in the town for six years is drumming up support from friends and family to join him on his walk for Macmillan Cancer Support which will pass through Angus, Dundee and Fife on August 31.

The route is likely to take a minimum of eight hours to complete and will start at the Craw’s Nest pub in Carnoustie, cross the Tay Bridge to Fife and back again to finish in Carnoustie in the early evening.

Mike, who lives with his wife Ceri, is hoping to sign up around 15 people for the walk. He told the Guide & Gazette: “I lost a dear friend who was only in his 40s to cancer a few years ago and with Macmillan being such a well known, established, cancer charity I decided to organise the walk to raise funds for them.

“I have also always wanted to do a physical challenge and with my 50th birthday happening next year, I thought there is no time like the present. So this event ticks two important boxes for me.”

He continued: “I’m really pleased with the support I have received so far. I’ve already got 10 people signed up to do it and I’m hoping to get a further five to come on board. I think it’ll be a great event – both fun and challenging. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Mike has also lined up an evening event at the Craw’s Nest pub with music group The Directors to help celebrate completing the trek with fellow walkers and supporters which will help raise more funds for the cancer charity.

Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for Tayside and Angus, Shirlie Geddes commented: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely grateful to Mike for organising such a fun walk and evening event to help raise money. Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of us will ever face and we could not provide the much needed support we do without this kind of help.”

Mike’s walk is part of Macmillan’s ‘Your Walk’ campaign which encourages people who enjoy walking to create their very own walking event to help raise funds for the charity.

You can find out more by visiting: http://www.macmillan.org.uk