Moira gets ready for the high life at nearly 80

The Oban Times - - News -

A 79-YEAR- OLD grand­mother will ab­seil from 1,300ft next month in or­der to raise money for char­ity.

Su­per-gran Moira Thom­son de­cided to join her grand­daugh­ter and the rest of the staff of Spec­savers in Oban in ab­seil­ing down Cru­achan Dam so that she could tick the ac­tiv­ity off of her bucket list.

Moira, who will turn 80 in Novem­ber, said: ‘I’m quite look­ing for­ward to it. It’s some­thing I have wanted to do and if I can raise money for char­ity, even bet­ter. I wanted to raise money for a small Scot­tish char­ity and help some kids.

‘My grand­son thinks I shouldn’t do it but I am do­ing it and that’s it. I will have a har­ness on, so I’m not wor­ried.

‘Ev­ery­one has been so kind. It’s un­be­liev­able the amount of money that has been do­nated.

‘I think my age is mak­ing peo­ple give more as they think you can’t do some­thing like this at 80.’

How­ever, this wasn’t the first item on Moira’s bucket list – she has al­ready ticked off see­ing Ro­nan Keat­ing live and watch­ing a Scot­land rugby match.

Her grand­daugh­ter and store man­ager at Spec­savers, Karen Mac­Don­ald, said: ‘We were all go­ing to do it and she said this was some­thing that was on her bucket list. I think it’s great, although I don’t think the rest of the fam­ily will be so sup­port­ive.’

Iona Camp­bell, David Far­quar­son, Mar­tyna Surowka, Kirsty Clark, Kerry McDougall, Les­lie Reid, Toni MacIntyre and Lau­ren Wil­liams-Bale will also ab­seil from the hol­low moun­tain with Karen and su­per-gran Moira.

All the money raised will be split be­tween Oban Moun­tain Res­cue Team and the Chil­dren’s Hospice As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land.

To do­nate, visit www.crowd­fund­ing.just­giv­ karen-mac­don­ald-1.

Moira Thom­son with some of the Spec­savers’ staff who will also be ab­seil­ing from the Cru­achan Dam.

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