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Boat of Garten's Derek walks the talk for his mother

By Val Sweeney

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Derek ready to step out
Derek ready to step out

A furloughed car salesman, who describes himself as the wrong side of 50 and overweight, has completed a 100-mile walking challenge for a cancer charity.

Derek Morrice, of Boat of Garten, has so far raised £1150 for Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses are providing palliative care for his mother, Sheila, who was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in December.

Mr Morrice came up with the idea of a 20-21 challenge by walking from his house in Strathspey Park to his mother’s home in The Green in Aviemore – a distance of five miles – 20 times in 21 days.

“Seeing how well she has been treated and supported by Macmillan nurses, it has prompted me to help raise money and help highlight the importance of everything they do,” said Mr Morrice, who works for Hawco Volkswagen in Inverness.

His 78-year-old mother had been given just a few weeks to live when initially diagnosed.

“There is no treatment – just palliative care,” he said. “But she is very positive.”

He was initially aiming to raise £250 but quickly smashed the target.

He said: “I’m keeping it open until the end of the month to try to raise as much as possible,” he said.

Mr Morrice and his wife, Tracy, are also helping with the care of his mother. He said the weather had been kind to him with just a few icy and rainy days and added: “I could well keep walking - but not as much.”

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