Stars back Falkirk Herald walk

Libby McArther
Libby McArther

Stepping up to support The Falkirk Herald team for June’s Edinburgh MoonWalk are two Scottish celebrities.

Grangemouth’s Kaye Adams, a former ‘Loose Women’ panel member and current BBC Radio Scotland presenter, and Libby McArther of ‘River City’ fame are both encouraging people to take part in the colourful fundraising event.

The MoonWalk on June 9 is organised by Walk the Walk, and last month the charity announced it would hand over £3 million to build a Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.

By way of a thank you, The Falkirk Herald is entering a team in this year’s midnight walk through the streets of the capital where women – and men – take part wearing brightly coloured bras. The target is to have 100 participants, making it the largest ever team to take part in the Scottish event which covers either a half marathon or full marathon course.

Libby, who plays Gina Rossi in the popular homegrown soap, has even pledged to join the team.

She said: “I can’t believe I’ve signed up for my first MoonWalk. Have I even got the right trainers because I am sure I’ve not got the right bra!

“After I attended the opening of the Maggie’s Gartnavel Centre I was so impressed that I wanted to do something. Maggie’s and Walk the Walk’s first joint centre are a great combo and I’m so pleased they are working together again to create an amazing resource for the Forth Valley area.”

Encouraging others to get involved, she added: “If you fancy stepping out with me and the rest of The Falkirk Herald MoonWalk team to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer and for a summer night like no other, then come on put your best foot forward and sign up too.”

Meanwhile, Kaye is delighted that Maggie’s is coming close to her former birthplace.

She said: “I have been involved in supporting Maggie’s for a number of years now and know about the great work that they do in helping people through one of life’s most difficult challenges.

“We can all play our part in bringing Maggie’s to the region by getting involved in Walk the Walk’s MoonWalk Edinburgh event, which is raising the funds for the centre.”

Urging people to join The Falkirk Herald team and help increase the level of cancer care and support across Forth Valley and beyond, she added: “I love walking and in particular enjoy walking in cities, where you get the chance to really take in the buildings and architecture that surround you.

“The MoonWalk Edinburgh event combines so much – great fun, inspiring people and millions raised for cancer causes.”

Maggie’s Centres, named after Maggie Keswick Jencks who was the inspiration behind them, offer free practical advice and emotional support to cancer sufferers and their families in a unique calm and relaxing environment.