A NEILSTON family is striding out together to support a kids’ charity by taking part in a fundraising Kiltwalk.

This will be the third year in a row that Gayle Harvey and her daughters Katie and Emily have joined forces to take on a six-mile challenge to coin in cash for Calum’s Cabin, which offers respite and accommodation for families with youngsters who are battling cancer.

Katie, 13, who is a second year pupil at Eastwood High, was inspired to raise money for the charity during a trip to Rothesay, where Calum’s Cabin is based.

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Ten-year-old sister Emily was soon following in her footsteps – and Gayle couldn’t be prouder of her girls.

She told the Barrhead News: “Since Katie visited Calum’s Cabin, it’s been her big ambition to raise money for the charity.

“This year, she was given colours on her blazer at school for all the fundraising work she has done.

“I am just super-proud of the girls. They show an empathy for other people that you don’t often see.

“The Kiltwalk is such a great event and they’re really looking forward to doing it again. They can hardly wait.”

As well as raising money through sponsorship for the Kiltwalk, Katie has also generated cash by making loom bands and selling them to friends and family.

Set up in memory of Rothesay youngster Calum Speirs, who died in 2007 after bravely battling an inoperable brain tumour, Calum’s Cabin is run by his parents Caroline and Duncan and aims to share the beautiful part of the world where he lived with other children experiencing the same difficulties.

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After building its first Calum’s Cabin in 2008, the charity has since expanded to include a cottage on Bute, as well as a flat in Glasgow to offer a different kind of experience for families.

The charity relies almost solely on donations and the commitment of people such as the Harvey family.

Gayle, Katie and Emily have signed up for the ‘Wee Wander’ version of the Kiltwalk, which takes place on Sunday, April 28, setting off off from Levengrove Park, in Dumbarton, and finishing at Loch Lomond.

Participants can also tackle The Big Stroll, which covers 15 miles, from Clydebank to Moss O’Balloch Park, or The Mighty Stride, which stretches for 23 miles, leaving from Glasgow Green and also finishing at Moss O’Balloch Park.