Emma takes on challenge

Local mum Emma Kennedy will take on one of Scotland’s most famous walks next week to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Emma and five other clients from an Angus slimming club have collectively lost 17 stone in their drive to shape up for the Marie Curie West Highland Way Challenge, which will be held between May 19 and 26.

Emma, 31, shed an incredible six-and-a-half stone to hit her target weight in order to take on the iconic 96-mile mountain trek from Milngavie to Fort William. A radiographer at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and a mother of three, she was spurred on by class leader Gwen McCreadie, from Letham, who believed she could achieve her ambitions to lose weight and successfully complete the gruelling walk.

Emma said: “I’ve always wanted to do this but I just wouldn’t have considered it before I lost all the weight. I feel great now, I’ve been training really hard and I’m confident I have the fitness and the stamina to walk up to 18 miles a day with the group.”

This is not the first challenge that Emma has undertaken for the charity. In 2012 she completed a 130-feet abseil off the University of Dundee Tower Building.