TWO East Renfrewshire mums have been honoured for their efforts to help people with cancer get back on their feet.

For the last 18 months, Marion McCormick and Karen Cromar have spent their Monday mornings taking cancer patients for healthy walks in the woods and paths near their homes.

Now the dynamic duo have shared the Cancer Friendly Walk Leader of the Year prize at this year’s Paths for All Awards.

And they again showed their caring side by giving their prize money to a cancer charity.

The weekly trek organised by Marion and Karen sets off from the Broomburn Medical Centre, in Newton Mearns, at 10am each Monday and is for those aged over 50.

Marion, 57, who has three grown-up children, said: “One of the most rewarding aspects of being involved in the walking group has been tailoring them to accommodate cancer patients.

“We can see the positive difference it makes to their lives.

“Everyone in the group, which is friendly and close knit, shares the same passion for fresh air and some exercise.

“I am delighted to have won this award and think it is only right to donate my prize money to Macmillan Cancer.”

The Monday morning sessions were put on hold during lockdown but Marion and Karen kept in contact with the walkers by phone.

Business owner Karen, 56, who is mum to three grown-up sons and lives in the Broom Estate, Newton Mearns, started volunteering with the walking group as something to do in her spare time.

She said: “I saw an advert for walk leaders and, at the time, my boys were finishing school and I had a bit more time on my hands.

“Like most people, cancer has touched my life, so it seemed like a good thing to do. The walks are a great start to my week. The commitment to them, and the lovely people who take part, get me out of bed bright and early with a smile and in any weather.

“I enjoy the walk, the good company and laughs and the feeling of doing something good for people in my community.”

The Paths for All charity provides thousands of pounds worth of grants each year to worthwhile projects that promote walking.