Jemma’s 23-mile Kiltwalk in memory of brother Lee to raise funds for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

Jemma Wood

A Scotstoun woman has been racking up the miles to raise money for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Jemma Wood is in training for this month’s Glasgow Kiltwalk, which she is completing in memory of her brother Lee Robertson.

Walkers have three options in taking on the challenge – the six-mile Wee Wander, the 15-mile Big Stroll or the 23-mile Mighty Stride.

Jemma, along with Lee’s cousin Gemma Morrison, 25, also from Scotstoun, will face down the most daunting challenge when they take on the big one on 29 April.

Walking from Glasgow Green to Moss O’Balloch Park, the pair aim to cover the 23 miles in less than six hours.

The Hospice is an official charity partner of the Kiltwalk and, for the first time this year, funds raised by walkers will be topped up by an additional 40% from the Hunter Foundation, founded by Scottish entrepreneur Tom Hunter.

Speaking on her donations page, Jemma, 36, said: “We lost someone very special to us all, my brother Lee Robertson, to pancreatic cancer and the Hospice was where he spent his final week. They were truly amazing with everything they did for us as a family and for Lee.”

To get ready for covering such a huge distance and being on their feet for a prolonged period of time, Jemma and Gemma have had to sacrifice hours of their time in training.

Jemma, who herself was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, tries to walk for six or seven miles most nights and on some occasions covers double that distance.

She hopes her experience of taking part in the Kiltwalk last year will stand her in good stead and will walk as part of a group of participants to help with motivation.

Lee Robertson

Jemma, who works at M&S in Braehead, told us: “Last year, I had a rough idea of what was needed but I got to the 18-mile mark and hit a wall. However, walking in a group carries you on.

“I’ve walked 13 miles in training on both Monday and Tuesday last week – which takes three-and-a-half hours each time.

“I was diagnosed in 2014 with thyroid cancer and for the last couple of years, the meds have not been working, which makes me all the more determined.

“When Lee was at the Hospice, the staff were so accommodating all week. Someone was always with him. I can’t praise them highly enough. The reason we’re doing this should help spur us on.”

There are further Kiltwalks around Scotland throughout the year – in Aberdeen on 3 June, in Dundee on 19 August and in Edinburgh on 16 September.

For more information, help with sponsorship, Hospice T-shirts to wear during the walk or any other information on the Kiltwalk, please call our Fundraising Team on 0141 435 7018.

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