Emma’s Great charity trek

A former Banchory Academy pupil is to take part in a six-day charity trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

NHS psychotherapist Emma Beagrie, 38, will undertake the challenge in September.

“I have never done anything like this in the past and I am quite excited - and also apprehensive!” she said. “I used to see the adverts saying that one in three of us will get cancer at some point and would think how lucky I was that cancer had not really been a factor in my life.

“But within the last six years, my uncle has passed away due to an aggressive form of throat cancer, a very good friend sadly passed away due to secondary lung cancer and my sister has been diagnosed with skin cancer - thankfully not life-threatening.

“Two years ago my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer and whilst he has is now cancer free, it has been a rollercoaster couple of years for our family.

“I wanted to do something to celebrate my dad being well again and thought of giving something back to those who help people going through tough times due to cancer.

“I like the fact that Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of support from general information, emotional and practical support as well as funding health care professionals. I was impressed to see that my Dad’s oncologist is Macmillan-funded.”

Emma, who is married, with five-year-old son Joseph, will trek for around six to eight hours a day along un-renovated parts of the Great Wall and is now walking four or five times a week to prepare.

“I don’t know anyone that I will be trekking with, which for me, adds another dimension to the challenge,” she said.

To raise funds for Macmillan, she has organised a family funday at Banchory Town Hall on Saturday, May 5, with a bouncy castle, ballpit, games, colouring competitions, face and nail painting, stalls, homebakes, raffle and more.

Emma grew up in Banchory but now lives at Bridge of Don.