Blair’s poignant walk for charity

Blair McHattie. Pic: FPA

Blair McHattie. Pic: FPA

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A Kirkcaldy teenager is stepping out with friends for a charity walk next month to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

Blair McHattie, who attends Balwearie High, is set to walk 60 miles between Edinburgh and Glasgow from April 9-11 to collect funding for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The 13-year-old chose that particular charity after his dad passed away from the disease last May.

He is taking part with around eight or nine friends including David Marshall, Angie Ford, Nicola Dunn and Julia Greig, and hopes to raise £2000.

He told The Press he did a fundraising walk last year as well but it was raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support: “Last year, we walked 28 miles from Leven to North Queensferry.

‘‘I managed to raise £150 but, altogether, we collected £1800.

“This year, we are doing it for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of my dad.

“I think we are going to start at the quay in Edinburgh and follow the Great Union Canal to Glasgow.

‘‘We did a practice walk at the end of January between Edinburgh and Ratho, which was good, but we are hoping to get another walk in before we do it in April.”

This isn’t the first time Blair has done a fundraiser for the charity. In November, he put together a calendar featuring his photographs of local wildlife and landscapes, raising over £700.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/pancancharitywalk2015