Walk for Jock benefits local good causes

Nine charities were presented with cheques thanks to the Walk for Jock team
Nine charities were presented with cheques thanks to the Walk for Jock team

One man’s mission to keep his brother’s memory alive has resulted in him leading a fundraising team along the West Highland Way.

Jock Paterson died from cancer at the age of 47 in 2011 and brother David, along with a team of friends, have done the ‘Walk for Jock’ every year with the aim of raising as much money as possible.

Nine different charities were presented with a cheque for £375 by celebrity guest Paul Young at Platform 3 in Linlithgow last weekend.

David said: “It was very humbling to see nine different charities benefit in memory of my late brother.

“I’m chuffed with the whole night. It was absolutely fantastic and we’ve still got some more to come.

“We’ll be giving cheques to more charities next month.”

David, who is from Linlithgow, has walked the West Highland Way for the past eight years, completing the trek in 2011 with brother Jock.

The two of them raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the time but when he died in June 2012 after a short illness David knew the ‘Walk for Jock’ would be a fitting tribute.

A team of 14 friends and family members did the 96 mile trek this year. Starting off in Milngavie and walking to Fort William during the summer.

Each of them chose their favourite charity and raised money in the name of ‘Walk for Jock.’

Riding for the Disabled in West Lothian, Aberlour, RNLI, Pinewood School and Guide Dogs for the Blind are just some of the good causes to benefit from the fundraising mission.

Still Game actor Paul Young and Provost Jim Carlin handed over the cheques on Sunday, October 18.