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Cancer charity walk moves online

By Lorna Thompson

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A NORTH-EAST cancer charity has launched its first ever virtual fundraising walk.

My CLAN Walk builds upon the success of the charity's annual CLAN Walk. People are being encouraged to take part to help boost funds throughout August.

CLAN Cancer Support was forced to postpone the walk this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, along with many other events, but has brought the popular event online.

Participants are being encouraged to sign up now and put their best foot forward, whether for one mile or 100 miles.

Ross Sangster lost his mum, Amanda, to cancer nearly six years ago. He said: "Since my mum passed away, together with my brother, Fraser, and my dad, Mike, I have taken part in the CLAN Walk every year, and with all that's happened over the last few months, it's more important than ever to support CLAN. It is a fantastic charity that did so much for my mum and that is why I am challenging myself to walk 100 miles."

(From left) CLAN walkers Fraser, Mike and Ross Sangster.
(From left) CLAN walkers Fraser, Mike and Ross Sangster.

Steph McCann, fundraising team manager, said: "My CLAN Walk offers you the opportunity to get outdoors either on your own, or with your family and friends. You choose the route, the mileage and the timeframe. It is your walk, your way.

"CLAN covers the whole of the north-east and Northern Isles, so it's always been our ambition to get all of the communities we serve walking together in aid of CLAN."

The walk is the charity's biggest event of the year, averaging more than 300 people taking part and a 50-plus team ofvolunteers.

Over the last 14 weeks, the charity has given more than 1,000 telephone support sessions, 400 counselling sessions and 500 children and family support sessions.

My CLAN Walk will take place from August 1 to September 4. Registration is free and you can sign up at www.clanhouse.org.

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