Sky-high Mar­garet

MS suf­ferer Mar­garet is up and away

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Sean O’Neil

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.vir­gin­money­giv­­garetFerry.

Dar­ing chal­lenge Brave Mar­garet Ferry will do her char­ity glide to­mor­row. She is pic­tured with hus­band Pa­trick

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