An Aberdeen woman is to honour her late school teacher by taking part in all four Scottish Kiltwalk events.
Laura Amy Merchant, of Dyce, has taken up the challenge of participating in the Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen charity walks.
The 31-year-old was left devastated following the death of Irene Khalil in 2010 from pancreatic cancer.
Mrs Khalil had taught Laura standard grade English at Inverurie Academy. After learning of the high mortality rates and low awareness about the disease Laura decided to combine her hobby of walking with fundraising.
She said: “Mrs Khalil was an amazing teacher, she had a big impact on me. She offered me so much support.”
Laura, a support worker, is a keen hillwalker and goes hiking with her boyfriend Sandy Maclarty.
She said: “I knew I wanted to help raise some money for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and so decided to take on the Mighty Stride in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
“The Glasgow event last month was difficult but during the tough bits, I just thought ‘what would she say to me to motivate me?’.
“I will never forget her.”
Laura has also been documenting her experiences in an online blog, A Walk For All Seasons.
In it, she details her training for the marathon-length events along with her reasons for undertaking her mission.
So far, Laura has raised £510 and is hoping that total will rise steeply once she has completed her challenge at the three remaining Kiltwalk events.
She added: “Having done the Glasgow event, I think I’m better prepared for the Aberdeen event because now I’ll know to be careful to keep a steady pace. The atmosphere is always so cheerful and gets you really motivated.”