Group hike in memory of friend who died of prostate cancer

The lifelong friends reunited in Scotland from across the globe following the death of Dundee man Stuart Fraser.

Stuart Fraser: Lifelong friends complete West Highland Way in memory of Dundee man STV News

A group of lifelong friends are reuniting in Scotland from across the globe to raise thousands of pounds to fund research into prostate cancer.

A total of 16 men, some travelling from as far as Singapore and Australia, will complete the 96-mile, West Highland Way, in May.

It comes after their mutual friend, 67-year-old Stuart Fraser from Dundee, died of the disease in September last year.

Garry Fraser, Stuart’s brother, told STV News: “The challenge is going to be pretty tough actually because it’s pretty rugged terrain. 

“It’s for Prostate Cancer UK which gave some support to Stuart when he wasn’t well.

“£30,000 is our target and we’re about a third of the way there, so hopefully by the end of May, into June, we’ll get there.”

The group, known as “Stu’s Band of Brothers”, plan on completing the walk in six days.

Ian Crighton, Stuart’s friend, said: “One of the brothers, Derek, wanted to do a walk and this was before we knew Stuart was going to die. 

“We started speaking about that in April and we knew that Stuart couldn’t make it so we said, ‘Stuart, you name the team’. 

“He named it, ‘Stu’s Band of Brothers’ and it’s a group who’ve known one another for mostly 40 years.”

They are also hoping to highlight the impact coronavirus played on prostate cancer diagnosis in the UK.

Neil Anderson, Stuart’s friend, explained: “At the moment Prostate Cancer UK has a big campaign going on to find the 14,000 men who have missed out on being diagnosed during the pandemic. 

“So if we can help raise awareness of that, great.”

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