Alison and fellow Angels look forward to Kiltwalk

Alison McGlinchey is taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk as part of the group Norrie’s Angels.

Norrie’s Angels

The group are raising funds in memory of Alison’s dad, who was cared for at the Hospice. The Kitwalk takes place a year to the weekend since his passing.

We spoke to Alison, from Clydebank, about why she and her co-walkers chose to take part in the event on 28 April.

The 50-year-old, a quality control team leader for Arnold Clark, said: “My dad was the centre of our family and it was such a heavy loss.

“Last year I contacted the Hospice for help when my dad was advised to seek palliative care, after battling cancer for five years. Looking after him was getting too difficult for my mum.

“They stepped in and helped me when others wouldn’t. My dad spent his last two weeks in the Hospice and when he passed away, they helped my whole family deal with the most difficult day in our lives.

“I want to thank the Hospice for all their support last year – they were so comforting when I was in tears trying to get support for my dad and mum.

“My mum worked in the Hospice for over 30 years as a cook and knows lots of people who work there, so we kind of felt at home.” 

Alison knows the Kiltwalk is a tough task and has been training three times a week in preparation.

 But she also knows there is plenty to savour about taking part.

She added: “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere on the day and the feeling of achievement.

“I know my legs will be sore in the morning. I haven’t done anything like this recently and last did the Women’s 10k in 2008.

“I wanted to do it last year but had to pull out. It looks like a fun day.

“It will give me and my family a sense of giving something back and help us do something in memory of my dad, whose one-year anniversary will be the same weekend.”