Beatson Ambassadog takes the lead in charity event


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A woman from East Kilbride and her four-legged best friend urge others to come together to raise money for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

The association is set to go virtual again with its 8th annual Off the Beatson track, now earlier than usual in June.

Everyone who participates in Off The Beatson Track has their own story.



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One of those fundraising inspirations is the duo of Claire Curran and Comet the Beatson ambassadog.



Claire Curran and Beatson Ambassadog Comet

When Claire was much younger, she first came into contact with the Beatsons when the team took care of her mother, Fiona.

Her aunt was also being treated at the hospital towards the end of her fight.

After her aunt passed away in 2017, Claire struggled and went through a pretty dark time.

Her beloved pet Comet, a golden retriever, proved to be her best buy during the lockdown.



EK pooch, Comet was a big help to owner Claire

Walking and training her dog means Claire is exercising and spending more time outdoors.

They competed in the Paw Walk together and entered Comet to be Ambassadog in a competition in 2020.

The involvement with the charity allowed her to rekindle a spark and be motivated to get better and help give back to the Beatson.

Martin Cawley, CEO of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “Each year we look forward to seeing how involved the community is in our fundraising events.

“We have never been disappointed because they always make an effort. The first indications are that, despite Covid-19, this year will be no different”

“It’s possible to stay local while having fun, so we encourage everyone to get involved virtually and accumulate action for a good cause. “

Over 1,000 people took part to raise over £ 100,000 last year and even more are expected to put on their boots this year.

After careful deliberation, the association decided to organize another virtual challenge to prioritize the health and safety of the community during this time.

Let’s make the villages, towns and cities yellow on the weekend of June 12 and 13.

Given the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the association was keen to find a way to offer two days of opportunities to keep the much-loved experience on schedule and a way to continue to fundraise for research against cancer and its services.

The flagship event, a 10 km challenge, is suitable for all ages and all types of mobility and guarantees a great “feel good” event.

This year should be no different, with the Beatson Cancer Charity hoping supporters will continue their celebration with Off the Beatson Track.

Families can still participate, but staying put instead of the usual city loop of mass gathering.

Everyone can create their own itinerary and participate in their own way.

All charity asks is for you to join in, wear yellow, and have fun.

At the end of the day, everyone will receive a medal, a t-shirt and the knowledge that they have funded life-saving cancer care.

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