Mintlaw Mo’s in 100-mile charity hike

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‘MOVEMBER’ arrives early this year for a Buchan fundraising team, as they prepare to take on the West Highland Way to raise money for charity.

The Mintlaw Mo’s will set off on the 97 mile trek from Milngavie to Fort William on July 28, kick starting this year’s fundraising prostate and testicular cancer awareness initiative ‘Movember.’

The ten strong team will set off from Milngavie near Glasgow and hike almost 100 miles over six days, covering up to 21 miles per day, until they reach Fort William.

Mo-Sista Jemma Finnie said: “Although the fundraising activities don’t normally begin until the first of November each year, when the men in the group start growing their moustaches. This year we’re getting ahead.”

The Mintlaw based group was set up in 2010, and raised an impressive £10,000 for cancer awareness charities through a variety of fundriasing activities.

They did it again in 2011, topping the previous year’s amount by more than £1,000 and ranking in the top 50 UK fundraisers.

And the team’s success looks set to continue as they have already secured the backing of a number of celebrities and public figures including Harry Potter actress Zoe Wanamaker, celebrity publicist Max Clifford, MP John Finnie, Stewart Stevenson MPI and First Minister Alex Salmond, as well as local businesses P.H.D Hardware, Peterhead Football Club, Pom Print and the Happy Plant Gift and Garden Centre.

The five men and five women have already started training, with long walks through the Buchan countryside to prepare them for the gruelling hike.

Jemma said: “We will be stepping up the preparation as we’re now only 12 weeks away from the challenge. We’ve covered quite some miles so far. We walked from Ellon to Mintlaw one rainy Saturday. Our longest walk to date at 18 miles. We will soon be taking on Ben Rinnes to work on our hill walking as so far we’ve only tackled Mormond Hill and Bennachie!”

The group are looking for sponsorship from members of the community

Jemma added: “I’m looking for more supporters who would be able to supply anything which would lessen the amount of gear my team would have to buy. Or if they’d prefer to sponsor us or provide a donation to Movember. We’re incredibly dedicated to raising funds and awareness for a very worthy cause.”

Anyone who can help with equipment or donations should contact Jemma on jemsmf@hotmail.com or 07792695670.