Dad soars 150ft over Clyde in char­ity ef­fort

Cause close to heart

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

A West Mains dad has taken on a dar­ing stunt – leap­ing from a 150ft plat­form to zip­slide across the River Clyde.

David Aitken, 50, took on the heart-stop­ping chal­lenge in aid of spe­cial­ist char­ity Spina Bi­fida Hy­dro­cephalus Scot­land (SBH Scot­land) which is a cause close to his heart.

David’s seven-year-old son Jack has hy­dro­cephalus.

Dare­devil David reached speeds of 40mph as he soared through the air, rais­ing over £250 in the process.

He was part of a group of 260 fundrais­ers, which in­cluded a num­ber of the char­ity’s mem­bers as well as cor­po­rate part­ners, who took on the brave chal­lenge that was held over two days.

Funds raised from the “Glide the Clyde” event will be used to pro­vide per­son­alised home and hos­pi­tal support to fam­i­lies in Scot­land af­fected by the life­long and com­plex con­di­tions of spina bi­fida and/or hy­dro­cephalus.

Jack was di­ag­nosed with hy­dro­cephalus aged three af­ter David no­ticed that his head was slightly larger than nor­mal.

Af­ter hav­ing an MRI scan, Jack un­der­went sev­eral surg­eries to drain the fluid from his brain and al­le­vi­ate pres­sure in­side his skull. Now Jack is not let­ting his con­di­tion hold him back.

David said: “The help SBH Scot­land has given us is in­valu­able. Jack goes to the cen­tre in Cum­ber­nauld on a reg­u­lar ba­sis where he’s has made lots of friends that he can play with and talk to.

“Our support worker, Kerry, comes to our house to chat to Jack and play with him too, which he loves. He’s a wee chat­ter­box and an ab­so­lute star. We are so grate­ful to have as­sis­tance from the char­ity so I wanted to say thank you.”

Jack said:“I was very ex­cited to see my daddy zi­pline the Clyde and I love him very much.”

●Visit www.just­giv­ fundrais­ing/david-aitken4

Reach­ing new heights David af­ter he com­pleted the 150ft zip­slide with his proud son Jack

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