Once again, I am not letting a rare form of abdominal cancer stop me walking the Kiltwalk Course in Edinburgh to raise much needed funds for The Grassmarket Community Project.
It’s charity that has struck a chord with me. So, for the past couple of years, I’ve completed the Kiltwalk despite some challenging medical conditions.
The Grassmarket Community Project provide lonely, isolated and vulnerable people with a central focus where they can not only receive mentoring, training and education in a nurturing environment, but the Project develops skills which enable participants to develop to their full potential and create more positive life opportunities.
As well as operating a community café, woodwork and tartan workshops, the Grassmarket Community Project offers a range of social integration and educational activities aimed at enhancing life skills and developing confidence. These include cookery and baking classes, art, drama, IT, reading and writing, sewing and photography.
To summarise, they help people to help themselves not only through structured activities but also by just providing a place where people can regain their confidence by meeting and talking to others.
I was hoping to complete “The Big Stroll” which is 14.5 miles, but I’ve had some major blood clotting issues which have badly affected the circulation in my legs. Unfortunately, this is a side-effect of the chemotherapy that I am on and has restricted my ability to walk distances.
I’m not sure how many more years I’ll be able to complete these charity walks, it really depends how long my chemotherapy regime remains effective.
If you can possibly support me in my efforts that would be fantastic. Any donations will be very gratefully received and appreciated and will go a long way to helping Grassmarket continue their fabulous work.
Thanking you in advance.