Bute Fabrics staff to walk the Way for charity

The Bute Fabrics team who plan to walk the 30-mile West Island Way this Saturday to raise cash for the Friends of the Beatson charity.
The Bute Fabrics team who plan to walk the 30-mile West Island Way this Saturday to raise cash for the Friends of the Beatson charity.

NINE members of staff at local firm Bute Fabrics will set out this weekend to walk the West Island Way footpath in aid of the Friends of the Beatson charity.

Janice Wasley, Lynn Bell, Emma Macqueen, Gillian Kennedy, Stuart Brady, Rory McMillan, Catherine Murray and Suzanne McGroarty will set out along the 30-mile Way – which runs from Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne via Glencallum, St Blane’s Chapel, Stravanan, Scoulag Moor, Loch Ascog and Loch Fad, Rothesay, Croc-an-Raer, Glenmore and Rhubodach – on Saturday.

Several members of the team wore their walking boots to work on Wednesday in the hope that they could be worn in before the start!

The Friends of the Beatson charity aims to provide practical comfort and support for patients receiving clinical care at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at the Gartnavel complex in the west end of Glasgow.

Colleague Fiona Hardie, who won’t be walking due to an injury but will be using her car to provide food, water and other essentials to the team, said: “We wanted to help the Friends of the Beatson because of family and friends who have made use of the wonderful facilities there.

“Everyone who has supported us so far has been very generous, perhaps because everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer.”

The Bute Fabrics team hope to complete the Way in a single day, but with wet weather forecast for Saturday, they’ve kept Sunday free just in case – if you see them out and about on Saturday, why not stop and give them a donation?