Team to walk over hot coals in memory of Muriel

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‘Team Muriel’ are preparing to walk over hot coals later this month in memory of their dear friend who passed away a year ago.

Friends and family of Muriel Brough (nee Kennedy) who died last year after a long battle with ovarian cancer are getting together in Inverness on April 13th to take part in a charity Firewalk in aid of the Highland Hospice.

Muriel, who was originally from Orinsay, spent her final days at the Hospice where she received fantastic care and the team are hoping they can raise as much money as possible to boost the charity.

Firewalker Lynne Mackenzie explained: “It was evident during her short time there that she was being looked after by some very special people, who not only ensured that she was comfortable at all times, but that also took the time to support the family during a very difficult time.”

She said they were getting together to celebrate the life of a very special person while also raising money to ensure other families continue to be afforded the excellent care Muriel received at the Hospice.

The Firewalk will involve walking bare foot over burning embers at 600-800 degrees farenheit and the group are also organising a ceilidh all sponsored by Stornoway businessman Duncan Mackenzie of the Kitchen Centre.

Duncan said: “Muriel was a lovely girl. She had a great sense of fun and this event is a fantastic way to remember her while raising money for such a great cause and I am more than happy to help in any way I can to ensure that all the money raised will go straight to the Highland Hospice.”

The Highland Hospice is the only hospice serving adults with incurable life limiting disease in the Highlands. It provides palliative care on the control of pain and other symptoms, on the reduction of suffering and on the enhancement of life that remains. The centre also supports families and friends of former patients and the medical team provides specialist support within hospitals and care homes as well as at home.

The Hospice does not charge patients or their families and is part funded by the NHS but relies heavily on support from the public.

Amanda Burt from the Highland Hospice said they were delighted to be involved in the event in memory of Muriel.

“It is just something a bit different and a special way of bringing people together to remember Muriel and to also celebrate and support Highland Hospice. Since the initial conversation I had with Muriel’s friends and family, things have really taken hold and we are very much looking forward to being part of a special evening and the challenge that awaits.”

To offer your support to the challenge in memory of Muriel, visit the Justgiving site here and for further information on the Highland Hospice visit their website here

Pictured is Muriel on her wedding day.