MS sufferer Margaret is up and away
A 61- year- old woman with multiple sclerosis will take to the skies in a glider for the first time in her life to raise money for charity.
Margaret Ferry, who lives in Fauldhouse with her husband Patrick, will catapult skywards tomorrow (Friday, July 13) at the Scottish Gliding Centre in Kinross to raise money for the MS Trust and Walking on Air – a charity which provides glider flights for disabled people.
Margaret said she is looking forward to the glide which could last anything from three or four minutes to 15 minutes depending on conditions.
She will reach heights of around 200 feet in the small glider that she will share with a pilot.
Margaret said: “This adventurous activity is all the more difficult for me as I’m the wrong side of 60 and have MS which leaves me with no movement in my hands, arms and legs.
“I will be lifted into the cockpit and strapped into place, with the aid of parcel tape attached to the joystick (for potential steering).
“I’m not doing this purely for the rush but to raise as much money as I can for MS Trust and Walking On Air.”
Margaret joked: “It doesn’t sound risky does it? Add to that one more factor – the launch is set for Friday 13.”
Margaret used to do charitable activities including fun runs and a sponsored walk around Guernsey when she lived there. But this will be her first major fundraiser since being diagnosed with the condition. She has already raised over £800 for the charities but is hoping to reach at least £1000.
Margaret said: “Please take a few moments to sponsor my unusual activity for a disabled person. I’m really hoping to inspire others to follow me skywards.
“It’s not quite ‘Infinity and beyond’ but certainly a great way to get a real thrill.”
To sponsor Margaret visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MargaretFerry.
Daring challenge Brave Margaret Ferry will do her charity glide tomorrow. She is pictured with husband Patrick