A MEMBER of a Tranent litter-picking group walked more than 150 miles in September to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK – a disease that is close to home.

And she kept the areas she walked in clean by picking up litter on her travels, collecting 42 bags of rubbish.

Christine Willson was set the challenge by her sisters and niece, tying into Alzheimer’s Research UK’s ‘Walk 150 miles in September for Dementia’ challenge.

She walked various routes in East Lothian, including the Pencaitland Railway Walk.

Most of her litter picking was done in Tranent and, due to her diabetes and asthma, most of the walks were completed with husband Paul.

The 63-year-old Moffat Walk resident said: “When I was first asked to do this challenge, I thought I couldn’t do it, I’d just donate. Having diabetes and asthma, I was convinced I would give up.”

But she soon changed her mind and got stuck in due to members of her family having Alzheimer’s. Christine’s mum, her mum’s sister-in-law and Christine’s aunt all live with the disease.

Christine added: “The charity needs money for research, so any small amount my niece and sisters raise will help future generations of our family.

“I am also a member of Tranent Wombles, doing a litter pick in our weekly chosen area.

“At first, I found it really hard going, as I had to self-isolate all lockdown and had put on weight.

“I wanted to give up, especially after I got blisters after two days and had to take painkillers, yet I persevered, getting better, raising money, being encouraged by folks, and helping keep the areas I walked in litter free, if only for a little while.”

Alison, from the Tranent Wombles, said: “I think it’s amazing what Christine is doing. Not only is she fundraising for a great cause and pushing herself on a personal challenge but she’s also improving where she lives at the same time.”

Christine smashed her £150 target, raising £270. To donate, visit facebook.com/donate/453506558938982