Nanny Fiona Wilson is preparing to hit the streets of Edinburgh for her third MoonWalk.
And the Bonnybridge woman wants dozens of Falkirk Herald readers to join her to raise valuable cash for the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.
All the sponsorship money donated north of the border is spent in Scotland and this year there is the added incentive for people in this area as it will help fund the new Maggie’s Centre, scheduled to be built in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
The Larbert facility will be a unique environment, providing free practical advice and emotional support to cancer sufferers and their families at a traumatic time.
Walk the Walk, which organises MoonWalks in Edinburgh, London and Iceland, will foot the £3 million bill for building and running the centre for its first two years.
Encouraging others to join her, Fiona (40) said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic experience and until you’ve actually taken part, it’s difficult to understand how great the atmosphere is.
“You’ve got 10,000 people, all prepared to walk round Edinburgh, and their enthusiasm, as well as the number of people who cheer you on along the way, keeps you going.”
She admits that it was a rash decision to sign up for her first MoonWalk in 2008 and despite vowing never to do it again, took part last year and is now preparing to complete her hat-trick on June 9.
Fiona added: “My friend, who is also a nanny, was taking part because she had a friend with breast cancer. I said that I would do it with her and we planned to train together. However, she got really bad blisters and we didn’t do much preparation.
“Despite that I managed to complete it in just under eight hours. But last year I did much more training and that really made a difference.”
Fiona, who lives in Chacefield Street, with her partner, said all the participants encourage each other round the course.
She said: “There are lots of volunteers as well going round all the time to keep a check on people. Last year, I sat down in a bus shelter for a rest and one group of women came back to make sure I was okay, asking me to join in with them.
“It’s a superb atmosphere, really good fun and it’s all for a great cause.”