Usdaw reps walk the length of the West Highland Way in aid of Cancer Research UK


Dex Miller (left) and Chris Gilmour at the end of their charity walk

Two young Usdaw activists have helped raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK after walking the gruelling 96 miles of the West Highland Way.

Dex Miller (25) from Irvine and Chris Gilmour (23) from Bellshill, both members of Usdaw’s Scottish Youth Committee (SYC) were joined by Usdaw Area Organiser and SYC co-ordinator Craig Smith on the walk, which was piped off from the Tesco store in Milngavie on 17 May and ended in Fort William this weekend.

The three hikers who walked an average of seven hours a day, fighting cold and rain at the start, heat and sunburn at the end and sore feet and blisters throughout, said the walk was a fantastic experience that they would never forget.

Dex Miller, who works for Tesco in Irvine said: “Raising money to fight cancer is really important to me as it’s had a real impact on my family. My mum’s had it and sadly my uncle recently died from it. The walk wasn’t as bad as I expected, but I was certainly looking forward to a pint or two when we finally reached Fort William!”

Chris Gilmour who works for Tesco in Uddington said: “My gran sadly passed way from cancer last year so I really wanted to do something to help raise money for cancer research. The support we’ve had from friends and colleagues has been amazing and we also had a fantastic response from people we met on the walk itself, many of who pledged support or gave us donations on the spot.”

Craig Smith, who is from Livingston and works out off Usdaw’s Glasgow office added: “It’s been a fantastic experience and we’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation and supported us to complete the walk. Apart from reaching the end, I think the highlight was waving our Usdaw flag in glorious sunshine atop Stob Mhich Mhartuin at over 700 metres above sea level.”

Donations can still be given at their ‘Just Giving’ page.

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