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Heather takes on cancer with charity

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By Fiona Reid
Heather takes on cancer with charity

A DOTING daughter is fundraising again for Cancer Research after her dad beat the disease.

And Heather Dobbin, who grew up in Johnstonebridge, is hoping others will also take part in her Beat The Devil challenge this autumn.

She explained: “The idea came from my dad, George Braid, battling cancer at the age of 66: add another six and you have the devil’s number – 666.

“To celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday, I fundraised by running 65km in three days. This time, I am going to run 66.6km in three days but also wanted to involve other people. People can participate by running/ walking/cycling/swimming/doing anything to complete a personal challenge involving the numbers 666. Examples include: “The Wee Devil” – 6.66km in a day; “The Big Devil” – 66.6km in a week; “The Mighty Devil” – 66.6km in three days.

“The challenge can be anything involving the numbers 666 and can be completed individually, as a team, couple or family. Anything goes!

“Cancer affects one in two of us and I hope to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing battle against this evil illness. Together, we can Beat the Devil!”

Teacher Heather, who now lives in Renfrew, added: “We want to raise as much money as possible: that is why I have created this fundraising challenge to involve more people so that it widens the circle of people donating money.

“In 2021, I raised £2000 for Cancer Research and just over £2000 for DGRI Oncology Unit where Dad received his treatment.”

She will be completing her own challenge on the first weekend in September but urges others to do theirs whenever it suits them and fundraise as much as possible.

There is a £10 entry fee which includes a challenge t-shirt and donation to the charity.

To find out more, and sign up or donate, go to, or contact Heather through Facebook or go to


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