A Perthshire woman’s epic quest to deliver her mum’s ashes to their final resting place has won praise from a host of celebrities.
Nikki Eede has trekked nearly 500 miles from her parent’s home in Sussex to Bridge of Earn on the edge of Perth.
The 47-year-old completed her week-long journey with just £1 in her pocket, relying instead on the kindness of strangers.
And the poignant trip has already raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research.
Nikki’s mum, Helen McFarlane, died in June, aged 73, after being diagnosed with cancer.
Nikki has carried her ashes to Perthshire for a special memorial service.
Nikki, who works behind the scenes at music industry events including the Rewind Festival, has picked up messages of support and donations from a variety of big name acts including Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson and Leo Sayer.
Nikki’s mum was born in Blairgowrie and grow up in nearby Balbeggie, where her father was a police officer.
She met future husband Ronnie at the Salutation Hotel in Perth and the pair ran Balbeggie’s Grange Hotel before moving to Dunning where they took over the Kirkstyle Hotel.
The couple moved to Sussex to be nearer daughter Nikki and her husband in 1996.
Nikki stepped out on her quest last weekend.
“I didn’t really sit down and plan out a route,” she said.
“I’ve just been taking things one day at a time and it has worked out really well.
“Everyone I have met has just been so kind and generous.
“When I’ve told people what I’m doing and why, they are so quick to offer me a place to stay, to pay my bus fare or just to give me something to eat.”
A highlight came on Thursday, when she crossed the border into Scotland.
She said: “That was a big moment for me. I was delighted to have made it so far.”
Singer Holly Johnson recorded a video message for Nikki, while Midge Ure is auctioning off four rare vinyl pressings of his latest LP Breathe.
Nikki was also kitted out with a waterproof jacket donated by her friend, Perthshire butcher Simon Howie.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/njeede.