Oban fundraisers step up to the mark

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Three cheers for all the walkers who stepped up to support Team Oban and raise more than £10,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

It was an incredible effort and awesome response from a far reach of people in even further-flung places including Norway and Australia that doubled the original target for this year’s Big Step Forward which will be put to good use funding life-saving research.

This was the second year Finlo Cottier got more than 100 people up and moving for the cause, the youngest was two and the oldest was a 72-year-old retired colonel – all walking together. Cancer has no age barriers either. Well done to you all for taking part.

The affection and respect for Connel man Adrian Beard, a cub leader and Group Scout leader with the 37th Argyll Scout Group until his pancreatic cancer diagnosis forced him to retire, was evident in the turnout and smiles of those treading their laps of the 24-hour walkathon. Adrian was there to cheer them on, staying positive and ever grateful for the support he and his family have received throughout from the charity PCUK.

The walk was also about raising awareness of how tough the disease is to beat. With the help of Team Oban, nationally the charity broke through its original fundraising target of £180,000 to more than £200,000.

Despite pancreatic cancer’s low survival statistics, which have not changed for half a century, it only gets three per cent of the annual UK cancer research budget.

You can still donate to Team Oban by visiting this web page: https://bit.ly/3rjyNdN