Sep 292016

Dr Colette Backwell, Lord Provost George Adam, Clancy and first walker Pam Kerr set the walkers off at Westburn Park

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Hundreds of walkers donned purple at the weekend to help raise funds and awareness for a leading north-east cancer support charity.

More than 300 people took part in CLAN Cancer Support’s fourth Landmark Walk on Saturday, September 24.

Participants tackled one of two routes of either 13 miles or 7.8 miles and enjoyed a variety of prominent landmarks and spots throughout Aberdeen along the way.

The event was officially started by Lord Provost councillor George Adam as walkers set off in their droves from the city’s Westburn Park to tackle the trail.

The sea of purple walkers were greeted by hundreds of supporters on their return to the park throughout the day, with the green space behind the charity’s CLAN House headquarters transformed into a fun play area. Bouncy castles, an inflatable assault course, tea cup rides and face-painting, as well as BBQ catering and sweet treats provided fun for all the family.

With sponsorships and donations pouring in, the event, which was generously sponsored by Macduff Shellfish is on course to raise thousands of pounds which will aid the charity in continuing to provide free support services to anyone affected by cancer throughout the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Susan Crighton, CLAN’s fundraising manager, said:

“This is the fourth year we’ve held our Landmark Walk and the amount of support we have received for the event, from individuals, businesses, walkers and volunteers, particularly in the current economic climate, blew us away.

“Everyone at CLAN would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one for their contribution, whether it was by taking part in the walk, volunteering or sponsoring a participant.

“It was fantastic to see Westburn Park transformed into a happy sea of purple. It is always a special moment watching all the runners go past in their purple CLAN shirts. It was a very special day which was crucial in terms of raising both funds and awareness for the charity.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit

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