THREE brothers are set to take on a hiking challenge in the Highlands this weekend in memory of their dad, who passed away at the end of last year.
Gavin, Cameron and Craig McAulay are heading to Buachaille Etive Mòr – a 3,353-foot ‘Munro’ in Glen Etive – on a charity mission to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Their dad, Brian, died in December at the age of 63, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Cameron told the Hawick News: “We will be remembering dad by going to one of his favourite places in the world.
“Dad loved to hike in the Scottish mountains and led many a family trek into the hills, so he would surely be happy to see ‘the boys’ take on this challenge.
“Come Saturday morning I am sure there will be a few butterflies and dare I say it a few tears but we will be doing something very special.
“We will raise money for a worthwhile cause and when we reach the summit we will toast our dad; who we loved and cherished dearly.”
The trio have already exceeded their initial fund-raising target of £1,000, with the current total sitting at almost £1,400.
And Cameron admitted it is a pleasure to give something back to the charity that helped his dad during his cancer fight.
He said: “Our dad was a quiet man. He worked at Lyle & Scott all his adult life. He was also a proud man and he would be very happy that we were doing this hike together – Brothers United.
“During his illness, many people helped and supported dad in his fight. Macmillan Cancer Support were one of the most important during this time.
“The whole family is indebted for the support we have received, the financial donations for the walk and the moral support right the way through since last December after our dad died.”
As well as the team trek, eldest brother Gavin will also cycle 100 miles with Team Macmillan in the RideLondon 100 event in August.
The route follows much of the London to Surrey course including the famous Zig Zag Road at Box Hill, which was tackled by Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and members of the Team GB side during last year’s Olympics.
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