A Rutherglen grandfather is set to walk 500 miles, and then 500 more to raise money for charity and honour his late wife.

David Spencer, 68, will attempt to walk from Rutherglen to Cardiff and back to benefit Cancer Research UK who cared for his partner Maureen after she was diagnosed with the disease.

After Maureen passed away in February 2019, David decided he wanted to help the charity that had cared for his beloved partner so much.

David is to walk 1000 miles later this year to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his late Photo by staff photographer Douglas McKendrick.

He then hit upon the idea of the solo walk, which will encompass Scotland, England and Wales.

The first stage will see him go 359 miles, from Rutherglen to Pentwyn, near Cardiff.

David, a former oil rig worker, will then travel from Pentwyn to Harwich in Essex, a trip of 217 miles.

From Harwich he will journey to Kempston in Bedford, another 87 miles, then it’s time to head back home to the Royal Burgh, which will take him another 340 miles – for a final total of 1003 miles.

David admits his three sons have been taken aback by the new challenge and said: “They were all quite surprised and have been asking how I’ll manage this.

David is raising funds for Cancer Research UK

“But I’m looking forward to it. I wanted to do something that was mostly solo, where you will have time to think as you are going along.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so I’ve been training by walking every day, and I’ve sorted the routes and where the hotels and BNBs are. I have some friends in the places I’m visiting, so I’ll see them as well.” Maureen was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and after initially being given the all clear she was re-diagnosed a year later.

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She and David had been happily married for 40 years and added: “I know they are making great strides in cancer treatment, but there is still a long way to go.

“Almost everyone has been affected in some way by the disease so I am hoping that people will help out.”

David has set up a fundraising page for anyone who wants to donate. Visit fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/davids-giving-page-2325 for more details.

He plans to embark on his trip in the spring.