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Walk for Chrissie

A GROUP of family and friends are set to walk 96 miles over five days, starting next week, to remember, and celebrate the life of, Annan man Chrissie Lamont

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By Zac Hannay
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Walk for Chrissie
CHALLENGE . . . friends and family of Chrissie Lamont are preparing to walk the West Highland Way next week

Chrissie was a father, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend and many more things to many more people. He sadly took his own life on April 22, 2003 aged 32.

Twenty years on, Chrissie’s sister Emma Beattie will be joined by family and friends Douglas Beattie, Craig Marshall and Craig Rafferty to embark on a walk across the West Highland Way over five days.

The trek, from Milngavie to Fort William, starts on Tuesday April 18 and ends on Saturday April 22. It will honour Chrissie on the 20th anniversary of his passing.

The group are also raising money for men’s mental health charity Andy’s Man Club.

The four will be joined by Tamara Marshall and Natalaigh Taylor for the final two days and Hayley Stewart will also give her support for the last few miles.

The group have been busy preparing for the challenge over the last few weeks with frequent walks around the region.

Emma said: “We decided to take on this challenge to mark the 20 year anniversary of the death of my brother Chrissie.

“Chrissie took his life on April 22, 2003, leaving everyone who knew him devastated.

“We’ve all wondered at times how we could have changed things for Chrissie, and the truth is – we don’t know.

“But by raising money for Andy’s Man Club we hope we can change it for at least one person and their family and friends.”

The group’s initial fundraising target of £4,000 was reached this week ahead of the walk getting underway on Tuesday.

The link to the fundraising page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-beattie17

More information on Andy’s Man Club can be found at www.andysmanclub.co.uk

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