‘Tartan’ it up for Kilt Walk

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The legacy of the Commonwealth Games will live on as a group of Gazette mums raise money in the fight against cancer in special kilts.

The six women will be flying the flag for Scotland the Marie Curie Cancer Care as they take part in the gruelling Dundee Kiltwalk on Sunday, October 5.

The friends will walk 26 miles in kilts gifted to them by Perthshire firm Macnaughton Holdings Ltd., who originally made them for the 
Commonwealth games.

Millions of people across the globe will have seen the distinctive bright green Glasgow 2014 tartan worn by legions of volunteers during the opening ceremony of the July games.

And whilst the team - Fran Beaton and Sandra Tindal of Broughty Ferry, Jill Smith of Monifieth, Judith Strachan of Birkhill, Petra McMillan of Carnoustie and Michelle Lyall of Dundee - are no athletes, they are determined to complete the challenge to raise vital cash for terminally ill teenagers.

Fran Beaton, a Broughty Ferry volunteer with Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Dundee fund-raising group, pulled the team together in an effort to raise funds for the charity’s Rest Assured Home Service which works in partnership with CHAS, the children’s’ hospice.

The Marie Curie scheme allows young adults over the age of 16 with a range of terminal conditions, including cancer, to be at home, at the end of life supported by a specialist 
Marie Curie nurse.

Charity patron Petra McMillan from Carnoustie believes that the recent death of fund-raiser Stephen Sutton has highlighted the need to support young adults with a terminal illness.

She said: “Tragically death isn’t something that strikes just the elderly which is why we need to ensure that young adults who need our help at the end of life are afforded the same choice and dignity when it counts.”

Last year Marie Curie Cancer Care’s 2,000 nurses worked 1.2 million hours to support 38,787 individuals at the end of life at home or in one of the UK’s nine hospices.

To support the Marie Curie team visit www.justgiving.com/MarieCurieKiltwalk, email petramcmillan@sky.com or call 07717 810365.