Cancer sufferer walks the walk to raise cash

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A SELKIRK woman in the terminal stages of cancer has walked the Race for Life in Edinburgh to raise money for others facing the disease.

Kelly Grigor, of Kingsland Avenue, travelled to South Queensferry with three friends earlier this month to undertake the five kilometre challenge – and she, Kirsty Reilly, Shona MacFarlane, Jillian Heatlie and Johanne Logan raised more than £2,500 for Cancer Research UK.

Kelly said: “It’s the first time I have done anything like this. I enjoyed it – it was a good day for the girls to get out and have a bit of a chat and raise money for the charity.

“We were really, really pleased with all the money we were given and we want to thank everyone for their help.”

None of the girls trained for the walk, said Kelly, adding: “We’re all just quite normal, it was a girls’ get-together – and we did lunch afterwards, obviously!”

They completed their challenge in one hour and 10 minutes.

Kelly, 29, has had a mastectomy and has been battling breast cancer for four years.

“We’ve done all different kinds of chemo – most of them have worked, but not well enough. I found it [a lump] when I was in the shower. I knew to check,” she said.

The Selkirk RBS bank officer and her husband, Paul, have a son, Lewis, four, whose fifth birthday is on Common Riding Day.

Paul said of his wife’s walk: “It is a fantastic achievement and the amount of money she has raised exceeded our expectations.

“Kelly has been incredibly brave throughout her battle with cancer and I am really proud of her.

“The last four years have brought many ups and downs, but she keeps fighting back.”