The Barrhead family will participate in the Off the Beatson Track event

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A BARRHEAD family hits the road to help raise funds for the care and treatment of cancer patients.

They are among 2,000 people taking part in a 10k walk for Beatson Cancer Charity later this month.

Three sisters – Fiona Christie, 61, Helen Connor, 60 and Carly MacGregor Grant, 50 – have all signed up.

Carly’s husband, Iain, 51, and Fiona’s husband, 63, David, are also part of the fundraising team.

The siblings walk in memory of their father Jim McGregor, who died of cancer 32 years ago and would have turned 90 this year.

The annual “Off the Beatson Track” event takes place on Sunday, August 28.

It will start at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow, and go through the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, via the Kelvingrove Museum, and back to the Riverside Museum to finish.

Nutritionist Carly said her Barrhead-born father was a lecturer in bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde and had a keen interest in science.

She added: “Our father died of cancer 32 years ago and when we realized that Off the Beatson Track was going to be on the eve of what would have been his 90th birthday this year, we thought it would be a nice way to celebrate that. special birthday and raise funds for a great cause in his memory.

“He was a doctor, an educator, a researcher and an innovator. He loved new technologies and one of my fondest memories of him was when he appeared on the TV show Tomorrow’s World in the 1980s.

“He was demonstrating medical equipment that he had invented.

“In addition to the many incredible wellness services Beatson Cancer Charity provides to patients, they also fund specialist staff and support cutting-edge cancer research and education, which Dad would have loved.

“I’m sure he would have been proud of us for supporting their work.”

The charity walk also has the support of the sisters’ mother, Christine, 90, who will be cheering them on from home.

Older brother Colin, 63, while not participating, is helping with the fundraiser, along with his wife Gillian.

The McGregor family grew up in Uplawmoor, but Carly, Fiona and their mother now live in Barrhead.

Maisie McCormick, Head of Community Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are thrilled to finally be able to host our first Off the Beatson Track live event since 2019.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has taken part in the virtual marches over the past two years, but we can’t wait to see a sea of ​​yellow take over the streets of Glasgow again.

“Everyone who signs up allows us to support more cancer patients and their families for years to come and we can’t thank them enough.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carly-MacGregor-Grant1.


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