Former Solway Sharks captain Mark Gallagher is organising a long distance charity walk from Dumfries to Paisley in memory of two popular figures who were connected to the Scottish ice hockey scene.
The Big Walk Against Cancer will honour Bobby Carruth and Robert Chalmers Sr, who both lost their battles with cancer during 2017.
The pair were greatly loved and respected by everyone who knew them and Gallagher is eager to do his bit to remember their lives and raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
“Having known both men for a long time through our connection with ice hockey and my long standing friendships with their sons, it was a tough time for everyone,” he said.
“I’ve chosen to walk the 77.2 miles from Dumfries to Paisley during March to raise awareness in the fight against cancer and help raise some funds for the nurses who help care for people in their time of need. This is testament to the amazing treatment both men received.
“Paisley played a significant part in both family’s lives. Bobby was originally from Paisley before moving to Dumfries, and Robert used to go and watch his son play ice hockey there regularly when he was a player for the Pirates.
“It’s a long distance, but it will be worth it if we manage to reach our target and help people in the process.”
The Big Walk Against Cancer will take place on Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th March. Please click here to find out how to to donate.
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