Mearns cancer survivor triumphs

Laurencekirk mum Gillian Salter
Laurencekirk mum Gillian Salter

A Laurencekirk mum who has survived cervical cancer and has a heart condition has completed a half marathon and raised an incredible £2000 for Cancer Research UK.

Gillian Salter crossed the finish line at the Scottish Half Marathon in Edinburgh on Saturday in an impressive two hours and 33 minutes.

Now, the jubilant 36-year-old has issued a heartfelt thank you to all those who helped her raise the money.

A passionate supporter of Cancer Research UK, Gillian was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 27, two years after her daughter Rebecca was born.

Gillian, a practice manager at Auchenblae Surgery, said: “Since my diagnosis, I have been empowered to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

“So far I have completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, sky dived and done many 5k and 10k challenges in my preparation for the Scottish Half Marathon.

Gillian was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007 after she noticed abnormal bleeding between periods.

She said: “My gynaecologist and I discussed the possible treatments and I was informed that a radical hysterectomy would give me the best chances of survival. At the time, I had a beautiful little girl and although I would have loved more children, it was a sacrifice I was prepared to make and surgery was the way.”

Gillian has now donated the money raised to Cancer Research UK, a charity which invests more than £31million each year on life saving science in Scotland.

Cancer Research UK local fundraising manager Fiona Harvey said: “We are so grateful to Gillian and her local community for raising such a phenomenal amount.”