Sponsored walk raises £1,000s

Fundraisers: Valene and Elaina Masson with cheque for �15,574.25 which was presented to the British Herat Foundation. picture: Angela Campbell Photography Ltd
Fundraisers: Valene and Elaina Masson with cheque for �15,574.25 which was presented to the British Herat Foundation. picture: Angela Campbell Photography Ltd

A Broch family has successfully raised more than £15,000 for the British Heart Foundation by organising a sponsored walk around the town which attracted hundreds of participants.

Stephen, Arlene, Valene and Elaina Masson organised the sponsored walk, which took place in July, in memory of their precious son and brother, Daniel, who tragically passed away suddenly on November 21 last year, and to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Speaking to the Herald, the family said: “Approximately 350 people took part in the sponsored walk around the town, leaving and returning to the Baptist Church, a route of about four miles.

“The amount of £15,574.25 was raised for the British Heart Foundation (Scotland), and will be used to research Heart Disease and also for Children with Heart Defects.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part in the sponsored walk, Broch Signs who printed the banner and photos of Daniel, the Baptist Church, for the use of their hall and their help and support throughout the event.

“And not forgetting, the people who spent their time and effort making homebakes for the teas after the walk was completed.

“A big thank you to all who took part, for such a very worthy cause.”

Kathy McIlwaine, local fundraising volunteer manager at British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland, said: “The Masson family have raised an amazing sum through their tireless fundraising, and we’re honoured to accept this in memory of Daniel. These funds will help us in the fight against heart disease in this part of the country.

“We rely on fundraising and donations from people like the Masson family, and their friends and supporters, to continue our vital work.

“If you’re inspired by Daniel’s Walk, please get in touch me with on 01466 740375 to find out how you can get involved with BHF Scotland.”