Stonehaven cancer survivor to walk across Scotland

Neil Spinks will set out on his challenge this Sunday to raise funds and awareness for UCAN.
Neil Spinks will set out on his challenge this Sunday to raise funds and awareness for UCAN.

A Stonehaven man is to walk across Scotland from Fort William to his home town in a bid to raise money for UCAN, the urological cancer charity.

Neil Spinks will begin the mammoth challenge this Sunday, May 11, and walk more than 160 miles over the next week, staying in bothies as he makes his way across the country.

He aims to reach Stonehaven the following Sunday, depending on weather conditions.

The dad-of-two was inspired to take on the challenge and raise funds after the support he received from UCAN, when he was given a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2009.

The charity was able to provide information and reassurance at every stage of his experience and he wanted to give something back by taking part in this fundraising challenge.

Neil, who has now been given the all clear, will make his way cross-country averaging around 20 miles per day and will be met by a group of friends for the final leg, from Clachnaben to Stonehaven.

He said: “As an ex-patient of UCAN I wanted to raise funds for this very worthy charity which helped me so much when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago.

‘‘The charity plays a vital role as it supports urological cancer patients and their families so well. I am going to split the amount I raise between the UCAN general fund and the ‘Robotic Surgery for the North of Scotland’ campaign which UCAN is spearheading.”

Fiona JD Pearson, UCAN’s fundraising mmanager, added: “We would like to thank Neil for choosing to support UCAN by taking on this massive challenge and wish him all the very best for his adventure across Scotland and with his fundraising.’’

To sponsor Neil go to or call the UCAN office 01224 559312.