AN 83-YEAR-OLD man has raised an impressive total of £18,500 for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife.
Michael Hill, who lives just outside of Forfar and was born and bred in the town, has spent the last nine months planning and walking every pavement in Forfar, Glamis, Letham, Kingsmuir, Friockheim, Edzell, Lunanhead and Glamis.
Mr Hill has covered around 200 miles, as well as the Forfar Loch and the Glamis Castle estate, on what he calls ‘The Angus Walkathon’.
He received sponsors after asking for donations via letters and the response was incredible from over 300 people.
He said: “I wrote a lot of letters asking if people would like to donate to the cause.”
Mr Hill expressed a huge amount of thanks to all who helped raise the sum of money for the worthy cause, Cancer Research UK.
He completed the walkathon in memory of his wife, Caroline, who passed away from cancer just over two years ago, and three other family members who had suffered from the devastating illness.
Mr Hill thought it was only right that he did something to help raise money to fund research into the disease and this inspired him to walk every street in local towns.
He said: “It’s certainly not something you do everyday!”
In order to keep himself on track and prove his progress, he made street maps to mark his progress as he went along.
Whilst out on his walkathon, Mr Hill OBE, a former Cambridge graduate and an executive at Don and Low, met many people on his travels who donated to his cause or allowed him to park his car in a street or private drive at the start of one of his journeys.
In 1998, Mr Hill raised £8,506 for the Lippen Care Strathmore Hospice in Forfar and he ran the Dundee marathon for SCF and St John’s Church in 1984, when he was 54 and raised £2,644.
Mr and Mrs Hill were married in 1961 and spent their lives in the Angus area.
Mrs Hill was a founder member of the Angus branch of Save the Children Fund (SCF) in 1964 and later became the chairman of its Scottish council.
She sat on the SCF overseas committee in London and she was involved in the Round Square Conference, which enabled students to travel between schools in diverse cultural settings.
In 2006, the couple were able to fulfil an ambition to build an environmental sanctuary out of a former quarry near their home.
The Murton Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest man-made sand martin habitats in the United Kingdom.