Moun­tain men in char­ity chal­lenge

Jimmy and pals to tackle three climbs in a day

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen pen­sioner is to tackle the high­est moun­tains in Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales for char­ity – in just 24 hours.

Jimmy Munro, who stays in Burn­side, will be lead­ing a team that will climb Ben Ne­vis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snow­don to raise cash for Marie Curie Can­cer Care.

The group de­cided to em­bark on the chal­lenge af­ter Marie Curie nurses helped care for Jimmy’s dy­ing brother-in-law, Tam McGlone, who passed away last year.

On Fri­day, June 9 they will ar­rive at Ben Ne­vis at 5pm, and they hope to have com­pleted all three by 5pm the fol­low­ing day, when they will hope­fully reach the sum­mit of Mount Snow­don in Wales.

Jimmy said: “Af­ter watch­ing Tam bat­tle bravely with can­cer and every­one ral­ly­ing to his aid, we knew it still wasn’t enough.

“Step in Marie Curie nurses, who were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. We knew they were good but never re­alised how good un­til we saw them in ac­tion.

“They were at Tam’s bed­side from 10pm in the evening un­til 7am the next morn­ing tend­ing to him and keep­ing him com­fort­able through the night , even tak­ing a lit­tle sponge to mois­ten his lips now and again.

“Sadly Tam passed away but it was very peace­ful and that was mainly down to Marie Curie.

“Neil, who’s also part of the chal­lenge team, his own mum and dad were cared for in the fi­nal days of their lives in a Marie Curie hospice, and he says he’ll be for­ever grate­ful for that.

“It’s very com­fort­ing to know that th­ese fan­tas­tic peo­ple are there for all of us at th­ese times and when­ever needed.

“The three peaks chal­lenge was some­thing Andy and I had of­ten talked about hav­ing a go at, and what bet­ter time than now we thought?”

Jimmy is aware of how big a task he is tak­ing on.

He added: “The chal­lenge is not for the faint hearted. The to­tal height of as­cent will be an enor­mous 11,180 feet and it will all be within 24 hours.

“It’s all very pos­si­ble but it will be tough.”

Jimmy has pre­vi­ously taken on a string of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing cross­ing the Sa­hara desert and climb­ing the high­est moun­tains in Europe, South America and North America.

Last year the Re­former told how Jimmy, son Andy and eight-yearold grand­daugh­ter Isla had scaled Schiehal­lion in the Ran­noch area of the Cen­tral High­lands .

Andy will be join­ing Jimmy on this trip too, and among the rest of the group are Tam’s son-in-law Alan Wilkin­son and their friends Neil Leslie and Fraser Ainslie.

Andy’s col­league David Young has kindly taken on the task of driv­ing them be­tween the hills.

●Visit www.just­giv­ jim­my­munro for more in­for­ma­tion and how to do­nate to their cause.

Sadly Tam passed away, but peace­fully thanks to Marie Curie hospice

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