Tartan Trek appeal by cancer charity

Last year's Tartan Trek raised more than 2500
Last year's Tartan Trek raised more than 2500

A leading North-east charity is encouraging people to raise funds by taking part in a popular Deeside walk.

CLAN Cancer Support's annual Tartan Trek will take place on Saturday, May 6, in the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

Now in its 8th year, the event offers two different routes, ensuring there is something for every member of the family. Last year’s trek saw participants tackle new tracks and raise more than £2,500 for CLAN in the process.

The 10km Tartan Trek takes in several of Balmoral’s famous memorial cairns. The shorter 3.5km Tartan Toddle is in the castle grounds and is suitable for pushchairs and those looking for a gentler walk.

Steph Dowling, CLAN’s senior fundraising co-ordinator, said: “The event really has developed a strong following, with so many of our supporters loving the opportunity to explore the paths of such an iconic part of Deeside.

“Raising more than £2,500 last year was fantastic, and the support CLAN receives through events like these plays a crucial part in ensuring we can continue to provide vital cancer support services, free of charge, to anyone affected by cancer.

“The communities of Deeside have always been a great support to CLAN, and with bases in Ballater and Banchory, the event is also a great chance for families, friends and colleagues to get together while supporting a local charity.”

Entries are open online at www.entrycentral.com/tartantrek or registration forms are available at CLAN’s Ballater base and shop.

Entry fees are £10 for the Tartan Trek and £5 for the Tartan Toddle. Under 16s are free by must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsorship forms are available on request.

Registration is open from 10am on the day, with the Tartan Trek and Tartan Toddle starting at 11am.