Bonnyrigg to Penicuik walk will be A May Zing

Efforts to support cancer care have grown more than 800 arms and legs since two Midlothian women hatched plans for a sponsored walk last December.

Pals Lesley Borthwick and Hazel Cornwall wanted to help a cancer charity after their families were affected by the disease last year.

Lesley’s husband Gaven was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, while Hazel’s brother-in-law was hit by throat cancer.

The ladies were set to take part in the St Columba’s Hospice Water of Leith Walk, but decided to organise their own charity event – a 13-mile sponsored walk, from Bonnyrigg to Penicuik and back, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Speaking about her husband’s illness, Lesley, of Dalhousie Avenue West in Bonnyrigg, told the Advertiser: “We were just bulldozed over. It was such a shock. He couldn’t swallow and we thought it was just an ulcer or something small. We were all upset and thought the worst but the Macmillan nurses were great.”

Read full story in the March 21 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.