Local woman Aimi who had double mastectomy to take on Edinburgh Kiltwalk in aid of breast cancer charity

A local woman is preparing to tackle the Edinburgh Kiltwalk to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

Aimi Munro, 35, from Carnoustie, will walk 24 miles on September 16 with a “giant boob” on her back in aid of CoppaFeel, a charity that she volunteers for.

She took part in the Dundee Kiltwalk last year but decided to do a different event this year.

Aimi Munro –

Recalling last year’s challenge, she said: “The numbers of blisters I had was unreal.”

Taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk will allow Aimi to spread the CoppaFeel message in a different area and make more people aware of the charity’s work.

Aimi became a volunteer for the charity in 2014 after having a preventative double mastectomy the previous year because she was carrying the BRCA1 faulty gene mutation. She then had a full hysterectomy in 2017.

Aimi and her fellow volunteers spend time going into schools and workplaces teaching women to be more aware of their bodies.

She said: “If we present to 50 kids, they might tell 50 friends – it’s like a knock-on effect.”

She added: “Early diagnosis is key. It’s about getting to know what’s normal and that checking your boobs can save your life.”

Aimi got involved with CoppaFeel after she watched a documentary called Dying to Live following her mastectomy.

The documentary was about a woman named Kristin Hallenga, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer when she was 23.

Aimi in her Kiltwalk costume

It followed her life living with cancer and running the charity CoppaFeel, that she set up with her twin sister.

Aimi said: “I contacted them and said I’d really like to be a part of the charity and the rest is history.

“Even if I just help one person, that’s what it is all about.”

Aimi puts out reminders on social media asking women to check themselves.

She said: “Women have contacted me to say they now check because I do that.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

“I just want women to check their boobs.”

To support Aimi, visit edinburghkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/BlistersforBoobs.