TWO schoolgirl sisters from Neilston are taking on a six-mile walk in aid of a holiday retreat for children suffering from cancer.

Eight-year-old Emily Harvey will join her sibling Katie, 11, and mum Gayle for The Wee Wander Kiltwalk after a visit to Calum’s Cabin, on the Isle of Bute, tugged on their heartstrings.

Calum’s Cabin was set up in memory of Rothesay schoolboy Calum Speirs, who died aged 12 just a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Designed to offer families a place to spend quality time together and make irreplaceable memories, the lodge was Calum’s own idea.

Neilston Primary pupils Emily and Katie were so inspired by the time they spent at the retreat that they decided to sign up for the Kiltwalk at Moss O’Balloch Park, in West Dunbartonshire.

Katie took part in the event last year, alongside her mum, but Emily fell just short of the minimum age requirement.

Now that Emily is old enough to take part, the kind-hearted family are looking forward to doing their bit for charity on Sunday, April 30.

Gayle, 40, who works as a dental nurse, said: “We went over to Dunoon for the day and Katie was curious to find out what Calum’s Cabin was about.

“It obviously touched a place in her heart. She started making loom bands and selling them to friends and family. Any money she raises, she sends it to Calum’s Cabin.

“This year, Emily is able to do the Kiltwalk and is so excited.

“I think it’s good for kids to realise that not everyone is as fortunate as themselves.”

Emily and Katie, who are members of the Brownies and Guides respectively, are seeking sponsorship as they get ready to don their walking boots.

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