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Charity walk for Cancer

A 54-year-old man from Galashiels is walking 500 miles for Cancer Research UK, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Jimmy, who completed the walk 80 years ago.

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500 mile walk charity for cancer

A 54-year-old man from Galashiels is preparing to walk 500 miles for Cancer Research UK, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Jimmy, who completed the walk 80 years ago.

Alistair McIntyre, whose six-year-old granddaughter has cancer, has set up the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal to raise money for the cancer charity.

In 1933 Jimmy McIntyre left his pregnant wife and young son to make the 500 mile journey from Fife to Kent, to look for work mining work.

"This challenge is a celebration of two lives. Belle is only six-years-old and has already undergone every type of treatment you can imagine.

"Jimmy McIntyre went on to help and support a great many miners, working with the union to secure welfare for those who were injured or suffering.

"The way Jimmy and Belle coped with the situations they found themselves in show character, strength and a determination to live.**

"Many people's lives are touched by cancer and by funding research we can increase our chances of fighting this terrible disease."**

– Alistair McIntyre

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