Cupar dames will be ‘doing it for Derrick’

Lesley and Anna Duncan with Shona Simpson.
Lesley and Anna Duncan with Shona Simpson.

The amazing courage shown by a Cupar woman, who lost her husband to a brain

tumour, has inspired a group of her friends to organise a fundraising walk in his memory.

Derrick Duncan died in January last year after an extremely brave battle, leaving Lesley and their daughter, Anna, who was aged just four, totally devastated.

However, since then, Lesley has channelled her grief positively, helping others experiencing similar difficulties and last year she was involved in organising a sponsored walk from Cupar to St Andrews to raise funds for Craigrothie youngster Ritchie Horrocks.

This year, Lesley’s friends, including Shona Simpson and Sandra Smith, have decided to stage the event for The Brain Tumour Charity in Derrick’s memory. Fundraising begins with a collection at Tesco, Cupar, on Sunday, July 14 and will be followed by the ‘Where’s Wally’ themed walk by ‘Derrick’s Dames’ on September 28.

Lesley said: “Eighteen months on, I feel honoured to use Derrick’s name for the charity as I know he wanted as many people as possible to know about the disease. His memory will always live on, especially in Anna, and I feel proud to use his name and memory to support the cause.

“Brain tumours are the largest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and survival times have improved little over the last 40 years.”

Lesley said she was delighted to receive sponsorship from Spokes of Dundee, St Andrews and Kirkcaldy, owned by Derrick’s good friend, John Grant. Anyone who would like to take part in the sponsored walk can contact Derrick’s Dames via facebook or call Lesley on 07813978322.