A NORTH Fife couple have given an international cancer research charity based in St Andrews a four-figure boost.
Keen walker Mena Shaw moved to Scotland from Portugal 31 years ago.
When she learned that the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) in St Andrews funds research not only here in the UK, but all over the world, including her native Portugal, she decided to raise funds for the charity.
The couple who live near Wormit, completed the 96-mile West Highland Way, from Milngavie to Fort William, in six days - just a week before their 31st wedding anniversary.
Together they managed to raise more than £1700 for AICR which receives no government funding and awards grants to the best cutting edge cancer research projects no matter where in the world those are taking place.
Mena, who works for VisitScotland in Dundee, said: “Through my role at VisitScotland, I am always recommending places for people to visit in Scotland.
“I know the Highlands are beautiful, but I’ve never had an opportunity to spend much time there, so I thought: ‘What better way to explore it than by foot?’
“I am originally from Portugal and although I have been living in Scotland for 31 years, my family live all over the world.
“I wanted to raise money for a cancer charity that can help both those in this country and abroad.
“The challenge was hard, but everyone knows someone that has been affected by cancer - including my own family - which is why raising money for AICR was such a worthwhile cause.”
AICR currently supports 84 research projects in the UK - 18 of those in Scotland - and 117 overseas, including Portugal.
AICR’s chief executive, Norman Barrett said: “Every year, AICR awards grants totalling more than £8 million to the most promising cancer research right across the globe.
“We could not continue to do that without the dedicated support we receive from fund-raisers like Mena and Hugh and I would like to congratulate them for completing such a demanding challenge as the West Highland Way and for reaching another important milestone – their 31st wedding anniversary.
“I’d also like to extend to them my heartfelt thanks for their donation which will help us continue to make progress in the international war against cancer.”