Bute Fabrics staff raise over £2,000 on sponsored walk

Bute Fabrics' nine sponsored walkers - plus dog - at the start of the West Island Way on Saturday.
Bute Fabrics' nine sponsored walkers - plus dog - at the start of the West Island Way on Saturday.

Nine members of staff at local firm Bute Fabrics have raised £2,000 for the Friends of the Beatson charity by walking the 30-mile West Island Way at the weekend - and there’s more money still to come in.

Janice Wasley, Lynn Bell, Emma Macqueen, Gillian Kennedy, Stuart Brady, Rory McMillan, Catherine Murray and Suzanne McGroarty 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.

Some of the team wore their walking boots to work for several days before the weekend 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 didn’t take part in the walk due to an injury but used 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 group made it as far as the Glenmore road end, near Ettrick Bay, on Saturday before deciding to call a halt for the day.

They returned to the same point on Sunday morning - this time joined by family and friends - and completed the final portion of the Way at Port Bannatyne at 3pm.

“The total amount hasn’t been finalised,” Fiona continued. “Contributions are still coming in, but we think we’ve already reached £2,000.”