Epic ven­ture sees Calder­wood m

East Kilbride News - - CLUBS NEWS -

Ni­cola Find­lay

A 20-day chal­lenge saw fundrais­ers take on six Mun­ros – scal­ing the equivalent of Ever­est – and walk­ing more than 100 miles.

The epic ‘West High­land Ben Never­est Way’ project was the brain­child of Calder­wood man Tony Gil­mour and raised more than £2000 for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity.

The 62-year-old was joined on the walk­ing stretches of the West High­land Way by friend Dorothy Wal­dron, with her hus­band Colin and Tony’s wife Marie also pro­vid­ing vi­tal sup­port.

While hav­ing the idea of tak­ing on the chal­lenge some years ago, ill-health meant he had to put his grand plan on the back­burner.

How­ever, it was while at­tend­ing a bad­minton class to get back to full fit­ness that he met Dorothy and Colin from Lind­say­field – and he dis­cov­ered both their six-year-old great-nephew and three-year-old grand­son had re­ceived treat­ment for leukaemia in the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren in Glas­gow.

Both boys are now do­ing well but it made Tony de­cide to put his plan into ac­tion – with Dorothy and Colin pledg­ing their sup­port.

The fundraiser cul­mi­nated in Tony scal­ing Ben Ne­vis and de­spite sev­eral tri­als and tribu­la­tions along the way, in­clud­ing en­dur­ing treach­er­ous weather, two failed Mun­ros and get­ting lost on a mountain top, he couldn’t be hap­pier to have raised more than he ex­pected.

“I didn’t think for a minute I would ex­ceed the tar­get which was £1800 only be­cause that’s what the JustGiv­ing page sug­gested,” Tony told the News.

“I ini­tially thought if I raised about £500 I would be do­ing well. It wasn’t easy but it was well worth all the ef­fort.

“The fi­nal as­cent was Ben Ne­vis and the Munro and the Scot­tish weather lived up to their rep­u­ta­tions.

“It was al­most too warm when the sun shone but by the time I had

Cash boost From left, Colin and Dorothy Wal­dron and Tony and Marie Gil­mour hand over a cheque to Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity

Fi­nal as­cent Tony met oth­ers sup­port­ing the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity dur­ing his climb to the top of Ben Ne­vis

On top of the world Tony and Dorothy at one of the higher points on the West High­land Way

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