Uist ladies sign up for MoonWalk Scotland for Maggie’s

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A group of women from Uist are supporting Maggie’s, the charity which supports people with cancer, by signing up to walk 13 miles through the night dressed in decorated bras as part of The MoonWalk Scotland.

Uist BRAves team member Kate Dawson, a GP on Uist, said: “It was really my friend Libby Patterson and her daughter Gemma who started talking about taking part in The MoonWalk Scotland because they had heard what a great event it was, but I realised it would be a really good thing for me to do as well.

“I knew I would be recovering from surgery and having this event as a focus would help me get fit again, but I also wanted to take part because I knew Maggie’s was one of the charities who benefitted.

“Every day through my work I see how Maggie’s supports people from the islands with cancer as many of them visit the Centres in Inverness and Glasgow when they are away from the islands for treatment. The Online Support Centre allows our patients and families access to Maggie’s throughout their illness and beyond.

“Plus I have a colleague who has just been treated for cancer and who has visited a Maggie’s Centre and I know how beneficial she found the support.”

Walkers of The MoonWalk Scotland have raised millions for charities including Maggie’s who have 17 Centres offering emotional, practical and social support across the UK and beyond, including one in Hong Kong and an interim Centre in Barcelona.

The MoonWalk Scotland organisers Walk the Walk have been sole funders of the Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow which opened in 2011 and the planned Centre in Forth Valley due to open next year.

They have also made a grant of £250,000 towards the new Centre currently being built in Lanarkshire, due to open in the grounds of Monklands Hospital in Airdrie later this year, and contributed funds towards Maggie’s Online Centre.

The Maggie’s Online Centre is for anyone with cancer, worried about cancer or affected by someone else’s cancer. It is there to provide online cancer information and support via groups, blogs private messages and conversation boards.

Maggie’s Online Centre Head Robyn Volkers said: “I am delighted to be able to bring Maggie’s programme of support to as many people as possible, and with the Online Centre we can reach people who don’t live within reach of a physical Centre or who are unable to visit when they feel they need to. This has been made possible by the tremendous efforts of everyone who takes part in The MoonWalk Scotland.

The MoonWalk Scotland 2014 is taking place on June 7th. To support the Uist BRAves visit www.facebook.com/uistmoonwalk14