Walking in memory of Angela

Sponsored walk in memory of Angela Nicol.
Sponsored walk in memory of Angela Nicol.

About 120 people took part in a walk from Milngavie to Balmaha in memory of a popular woman who recently lost her battle with cancer.

The event, to remember Angela Nicol (42), was organised by her friend Julie Cairney to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice where Angela spent the last few months of her life.

So far they have reached the amazing amount of £7,400 with more money expected to come in.

The crowd of children, parents, grandparents, teachers and St Joseph’s parishioners set off from the start of the West Highland Way in Milngavie Precinct.

Angela, a former pupil of St Joseph’s Primary School and John Paul Academy, passed away in St Margaret’s Hospice on April 16 after months of loving care from staff there.

The married mum of two girls, Anna (11) and Sophie (6), fought a long and brave battle since her diagnosis of an aggressive form of kidney cancer when she was only 39. Her kidney was removed, but the cancer returned just six months later and eventually spread to her lungs.

Despite her ill health Angela completed the West Highland Way two years ago with Julie and raised nearly £20,000 for the Beatson Cancer Research Institute - the second highest individual donation the Beatson has ever received.

Julie said: “Angela was an extremely positive and friendly person and an inspiration to those who met her, many of whom did not realise the extent of her illness.

“She set herself many goals, such as walking the West Highland Way and she would have been very proud that so many people took part in the walk, enjoying some exercise and raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“She was an amazing lady, so courageous, she never complained or asked why me?

“Angela wanted to repay St Margaret’s staff for the loving care, kindness and support she received from them and make sure that they could provide this comfort and reassurance to others in need now and in the future.”

Angela’s husband Stephen said: “I’d like to thank everyone for all their cards and offers of support, the hospice staff who nursed Angela and a special mention to Professor John Welsh and his team.”

If you would like to donate go to Julie Cairney’s Just Giving Page: www.justgiving.com/juliecairney