FAMILY and friends of “a very good friend” are pulling on their walking boots to raise money for charity.

About 25 people will make their way from Cockenzie to Dirleton in memory of Elaine ‘Lal’ Muir, who passed away at the beginning of March.

Among those taking part in the fundraiser is Pat Lemmon, who was “absolutely devastated” when Elaine died at the age of 74.

Mrs Lemmon, who co-founded the Lammermuir Larder and is vice-chairwoman of Haddington and District Community Council, described her friend as “one of these people who left a mark on you”.

She said: “She was vivacious, fantastic in so many ways and full of fun, but naughty at the same time.

“She was a perfect complement for me and I miss her every day.

“She touched everybody’s life that she came into contact with.”

Cockenzie to Dirleton

Elaine was director of Scot of Haddington, on the town’s Hospital Road, alongside her husband Alan.

The couple lived in Longniddry and have two children, Craig and Brad, as well as granddaughter Marissa.

Walkers will set off from Cockenzie Harbour at 9am on Sunday, with money raised on the day going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

They then hope to finish at Dirleton Castle between 12.30pm and 12.45pm.

Pat, who met Elaine through Zumba classes, said: “I was absolutely devastated, as were many people who came into contact with her.

“She fought so hard against cancer and, during a conversation with her towards the end of her life, we were talking about different things on her bucket list, things she would like to do.

“She was well known for her own fundraising for dementia and Alzheimer’s – she abseiled off the Forth Bridge.

“It would be good to do something for Macmillan because you never know when somebody might need support.

“Towards the end of her life, there were a couple of times where she needed clarification and support, and I phoned Macmillan and found them really helpful.”

T-shirts for the event have been sponsored by Pat's husband Mike and sponsor forms can be found in Mike’s Bikes on Haddington High Street.