Salmond lends Senga support

Alex Salmond lends his support to Senga Buntrock prior to her London Marathon Challenge on Sunday, April 24.
Alex Salmond lends his support to Senga Buntrock prior to her London Marathon Challenge on Sunday, April 24.

A Strichen woman has been given the backing of former First Minister Alex Salmond in her bid to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation.

Senga Buntrock (41), of High Street, will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday, April 24, to raise funds for the charity in memory of her father, who passed away three years ago.

Mr Salmond, who is a neighbour of Senga and her husband David, lent his support to the cause and was happy to pose for a photoshoot with Senga in the village.

Senga’s target for the race was £2,500 but she has smashed that total and her efforts currently stand at £2,825 and growing!

Senga told the Buchanie: “I’m running in memory of my dad James Strachan who died with Interstitial Lung Disease in October 2012. He had been ill for some time, however his passing was still a great shock.

“I’ve had great support from family, friends, work colleagues and the local village.

“I’d also like to thank Mr Salmond for meeting me and donating two auction prizes for my fundraiser and being very encouraging.”

Senga says the race will be a challenge, admitting: “Generally I’m a couch potato. It has really challenged and taken me right out of my comfort zone by making me exercise and stick to my training plan.

“I’d like to give a huge thanks to my husband David whose support throughout my training has given me the strength to get through it,” she added.

To sponsor Senga go to www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/sengabuntrock