Falkirk’s Callum is king of the castles

Callum Brown raised �800 for the Beatson cancer unit. PICTURE: Lisa McPhillips (132391c)
Callum Brown raised �800 for the Beatson cancer unit. PICTURE: Lisa McPhillips (132391c)

A Falkirk man did a gruelling 13-hour walk on his own in memory of his aunt because no one else was “daft enough” to do it with him.

Callum Brown (28), an IT software technician, walked 39 miles from Stirling Castle to Edinburgh Castle to raise money for the Beatson cancer unit in Glasgow which treated his aunty Cathy Procek.

Cathy died two years ago , aged 60, after losing her battle with endometrial cancer and caring nephew Callum wanted to thank staff at the specialist unit for the amazing care they gave her during her brave fight.

Callum’s route from Stirling to Edinburgh took him through Fallin, Throsk, Airth, Grangemouth, Polmont, Linlithgow, Winchburgh, Kirkliston, Edinburgh Airport and on to Edinburgh Castle where he arrived weary and just a little tired.

The father-of-one, now living in Bannockburn, said: “It took me just over 13 hours to do it and I’m really happy I managed to do it for the Beatson unit who took such good care of her.

“I wanted to do it in about 12 hours, but you’re not too bothered about the extra hour when you walk for that long. I did do a lot of training for it, but it was a couple of weeks ago now and I think I’m still recovering.

“I was hoping others would do it with me but they said they weren’t daft enough to do it so I decided just to go for it anyway for my aunty Cathy. Our family is very close.

“My sister and cousin did the Moonwalk in Edinburgh this year and we’re looking at maybe doing something together next year.”

He added: “I’d like to thank my wife Zoe, son Laughlan and mum and dad for meeting me at the finish line. They were definitely a sight for sore eyes.”

Callum’s dad Charlie, Cathy’s brother, said: “He did this completely on his own with no one else’s company so it was quite an undertaking for him.

“The care my sister received at the Beatson was second to none and the staff there all deserve a medal for their work. They were a big help at a very difficult time.”

Callum has raised £800 so far and donations are still being accepted online at www.justgiving.com/castle-2-castle.