A Montrose man is getting ready to participate in the London Marathon this year in order to raise funds for a cancer charity.
Stuart Walker (53) is running the marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support - in memory of his Auntie Linda Nicoll, from Stonehaven, who passed away from the disease in February of this year.
Mr Walker said: “Linda was diagnosed with a very rare form of mouth cancer in 2006. After recovering from major surgery, she returned to working with severely handicapped children a year later.
“With regular check ups she led a happy and wonderful life, but in May 2013 a routine chest x-ray showed signs of the cancer on her chest, liver, and skin, with little hope of any cure.”
Mr Walker continued: “Linda had Christmas Day with all the family, which was wonderful, but on Boxing Day signs appeared Linda was failing and on the Tuesday, February 4, she passed away peacefully.”
During the last few weeks Linda and the family had lots of support from the Macmillan Nurses. Donations at the funeral raised a total of £1,109 for the Maxillofacial Unit.
Mr Walker said: “Hopefully with your help we can raise more money for the Macmillan Nurses to help people with this terrible disease. Every donation will be greatly appreciated.
“This will be my 23rd and 13th London Marathon.”
The marathon takes place on Sunday, April 13. Those who wish to donate to Mr Walker’s cause can visit www.justgiving.com/StuartWalkerMontrose