Tough challenge for brother and sister

Pictured (from left) are Jamie Basford, Louise Smart, Nick Smart and Emma Cuthill in the Strathmore Hospice garden.

Pictured (from left) are Jamie Basford, Louise Smart, Nick Smart and Emma Cuthill in the Strathmore Hospice garden.

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A brother and sister have raised £1,500 in memory of their mother who died from cancer 10 years ago.

Nick and Louise Smart also persuaded friends Emma Cuthill and Jamie Basford to join their team to take on a tough challenge to raise the money.

The foursome successfully completed the Stirling leg of the Major Series, a 5km British Military Fitness-style obstacle race, in some harsh conditions in June.

Their efforts, for Macmillan and local charity Lippen Care, were in memory of Nick and Louise’s mum, Nora, who died after battling a brain tumour for several years. During that time she spent many hours at the Macmillan Unit at Stracthro.

While there, Nora pursued her interest in art, helping to create part of the distinctive mosaic which graces the hospital entrance and her children have fond memories of being allowed to accompany their mum there during school holidays.

Louise said: “Macmillan has always been a great support to our family. The nurses were fantastic and helped our family through a lot coming up to my mum’s death and afterwards too.

Shirlie Geddes, Macmillan fund-raising manager, said she was delighted to accept the charity’s share of the money raised.

She added: “These vital donations mean that we can give a mum who’s been diagnosed with cancer a steadying hand.

“We can give her someone to help her cope with chemo, provide a listening ear when she’s frightened and support her with getting back to normal afterwards.

“Macmillan can ease money worries associated with cancer too, offering financial guidance, benefits advice and even grants.”