Frank’s will to walk the Cumbria way for charity

Frank (left) and his son Kevin are all set to walk the Cumbria Way.
Frank (left) and his son Kevin are all set to walk the Cumbria Way.

Retired Forfar businessman Frank Murphy is getting ready to step out with his son to raise funds for a charity close to his heart.

Frank, a former will-writer with J.M.D. Associates, will head to the Lake District to walk the Cumbria Way from May 31 to June 7 to raise funds for Children with Cancer & Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents (CCLASP).

Frank will join his son Kevin and a group of 14 keen hillwalkers for the 72-mile route which starts in Ulverston and finishes at Carlisle.

Walking on average between 10 and 15 miles a day, Frank and Kevin are hoping to raise £500 each to help the valuable work carried out by CCLASP.

Kevin, who works in the legal profession in Edinburgh, was raised in Brechin and educated at Maisondieu Primary and Brechin High School.

He is already on target to raise £600 with Frank currently sitting at £70.

Frank said: “I have done a bit of fund-raising over the years for cancer charities and this time we decided to raise funds for a charity that is close to my heart.

“I used to work with children with cancer and I have seen at first hand the support CCLASP can give to families.

“I have been out training for this but I have to say I will be out with experienced hill-walkers. I am just going to follow them!”

The 72-mile hill-walk passes through the Conistonwater and Derwentwater areas before ending at Carlisle.

The group will trek Broughton Beck, Gawthwaite, Coniston, Rosthwaite, Keswick, Caldbek and Sebergham before crossing the finishing line at Carlisle

CCLASP is a parent-led voluntary organisation established in 1994. Although based in Edinburgh, it assists families throughout Scotland.

It offers information and advice on all aspects of living with and caring for children with cancer and leukaemia.

Most of the staff and volunteers are parents or grandparents of children or young people who have or have had cancer or leukaemia which enables them to provide a level of support and understanding impossible without firsthand experience.

It currently assists approximately 500 parents throughout Scotland. Anyone wishing to sponsor Frank and Kevin’s efforts can visit