Duo march 20 miles for Maggie’s

Davie with his wife Avril
Davie with his wife Avril

A Crimond man and his canine companion have completed a 20-mile sponsored walk in aid of Maggie’s Aberdeen.

Davie Mathieson, 59, and his four-legged friend Sandy, a 17-month-old golden retriever, carried out their charity trek on Friday, March 25.

Sandy the dog

Sandy the dog

The duo set off from their home in Crimond and walked via Fetterangus, Mintlaw and Longside before reaching the finishing line at Peterhead Academy.

Davie initially set a fundraising target of £1,000 but within two weeks the target was passed and doubled, with the current figure sitting at £2,425.

The pair began training two months ago and used local roads and footpaths, such as the Buchan Railway Line, to train for the walk.

Davie and his wife Avril have been regularly visiting the centre since last year.

The couple decided to raise money for the charity to give something back for the support they have received.

Davie said: “The centre has been a great place of help and comfort to us through this life-changing journey that we have had to unfortunately embark on after Avril’s diagnosis.”

“Whether it be popping in for a coffee, attending one of the many classes and workshops provided or receiving help and advice from centre staff, every visit is worthwhile in our opinion.”

He added: “Walking such a long way in one day was quite a challenge for us, myself and Sandy had not walked such a distance before but our training definitely helped.

“I feel really proud now that we have done what we set out to do and Sandy certainly deserves a few extra biscuits after that!”

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support to make as big a difference to people living with cancer and their family and friends as possible.

Susan Sutherland, centre head at Maggie’s Aberdeen, said: “The team are delighted that Davie and Sandy successfully completed their walk and that they had such a lovely day to walk this distance.

“We can’t thank them enough for their fundraising efforts which will go such a long way to help us continue the support we provide in the centre.”

You can still donate to Davie, Avril and Sandy’s efforts by visiting their just giving page online at www.justgiving.com/Davie-Mathieson.