Mike’s aiming to rise to Vietnam challenge in memory of wife

A Hawick man has signed up for a ten-day charity trek through Vietnam in memory of his late wife, writes Lorna Robertson.

Mike Murray, a clinical support nurse, is trying to raise as much money as he can for Marie Curie, which helped care for his late wife Katrina when she was diagnosed
with terminal lung cancer in 2011.

The couple met through work at Liberton Hospital in Edinburgh where Katrina was working as a senior staff nurse. They soon got together and married in 2010.

Tragically, just two years later Katrina passed away.

It is her story that has inspired Mike, 44, to take on the mammoth challenge which will see him trekking through tough terrain for nine hours a day.

Mike, who has already started training, told the Hawick News: “I’m going to put as much walking in as possible in and around Hawick.

“I’ve just completed the Highland Perthshire Marathon where I managed to cycle the full thing with barely any training I have to admit.”

Mike completed the 26.2 miles in two hours and 15 minutes, raising £285 in the process.

However, he still has a long way to go to reach his target of £4,000 before he heads to Vietnam in March.

Mike doesn’t have any fund-raising events planned at the moment, but says there will be plenty in the coming months.