Walk of life for brave Angela

Milngavie Precinct'Angela Nicol (40), from Milngavie doing WHW for Beatson Ctr. Piper Alan McGeachie sending her off. Doing it with Julie Cairney and Angela Murphy'5th May 2012 'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Milngavie Precinct'Angela Nicol (40), from Milngavie doing WHW for Beatson Ctr. Piper Alan McGeachie sending her off. Doing it with Julie Cairney and Angela Murphy'5th May 2012 'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

A MILNGAVIE mum who is battling cancer has raised the amazing sum of £14,000 following a sponsored West Highland Way walk for the Beatson - the second highest individual amount ever raised for the charity.

Full time housewife Angela Nicol (40) was diagnosed with liver cancer last March which spread to her lungs in October.

Despite having her right kidney removed following the first diagnosis, the mum of two daughters aged four and nine decided she had to stay positive and with the help of two friends, Julie Moore and Julie Cairney completed the walk recently in six days.

The Crossburn Avenue resident said: I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that sponsored me. This is the second highest individual amount raised for the Beatson”.

Angela raised about £13,000, with her two walking buddies raising around another £1,000, with money still coming in.

Looking back to when she first fell ill, Angela recalled: “I was diagnosed on March 13. I took ill overnight after coming in from a training session for a half marathon. The next day I had a sore back and by the weekend was being scanned followed by major surgery at Gartnavel.

“They monitored me for the next three months and in October the cancer came back, spreading to my lungs. I am now on chemotherapy and will be for the rest of my life.”

The three walkers were joined by a large group of 24 friends who accompanied them part of the way to Balmaha. Neighbour Alan McGeachie piped the women on their way at the start in Milngavie Precinct.

Angela added: “I am quite a positive person which has come with having lots of great support. People have helped me.

“For a couple of months I didn’t know whether I was coming or going, but the cancer is now being kept in check. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and especially Brian Clarke who has been very supportive giving me advice on doing the West Highland Way.”