Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election - Jonathan Ged­des

A Burn­side woman tack­led her fear of heights head-on - and raised hun­dreds of pounds for charity in the process.

Gill Gowran, 48, and her 15-year-old son Ross, a Stonelaw High pupil, agreed to take on a zi­pline chal­lenge to earn funds for MS Scot­land.

And the duo pulled in nearly £750 for the good cause af­ter com­plet­ing the task, which took place at Cri­eff Hy­dro.

Gill has a family mem­ber who has MS, and last year she pre­vi­ously took on the chal­lenge of climb­ing Ben Ne­vis overnight.

This year she had an even tougher task to over­come.

She said: “Last year a group of us did the night hike and we felt the ben­e­fit of do­ing that.

“There was a real buzz af­ter­wards, just from rais­ing money and help­ing out a good cause.

“This year my son was up for do­ing some­thing as well so I wanted to do some­thing that he would be able to do too, and I knew the zi­pline chal­lenge was some­thing he’d re­ally en­joy.

“I don’t like heights at all so it was less good for me.

“It was a great chal­lenge. When I got up there to do it the guy who was get­ting me ready told me that I was ac­tu­ally shak­ing.

“Ev­ery­one told me I’d en­joy it once I ac­tu­ally did it, but I was just glad to get it over and be back on the ground. I had thought it would be more like a roller­coaster, but with some­thing like that you’re still in a con­fined space. With the zi­pline you’re free and your arms and legs can still move around and go all over the place. “Ross re­ally loved it though.” Gill be­lieves that fundrais­ing chal­lenges like the zi­pline ef­fort can help raise both aware­ness and much needed funds for the charity.

Great cause Gill and Ross raised money for MS Scot­land

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