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climbed three quarters up I needed my gloves, hat and waterproof jacket for the rest of the way into the snow-covered upper reaches.”
However, even the walking stretches with Dorothy had their moments.
Tony continued: “Like a couple of lost sheep, we followed a group who appeared to be doing the West Highland Way just like us but they weren’t.
“After four hours, four miles and almost 1500ft of climbing, we got back to a point five minutes from our starting place and still had the rest of our nine-to-10-mile scheduled walk to finish and got well soaked into the bargain.
“I would like to thank Dorothy and Colin for their support and company. Dorothy with her enthusiasm and determination helped keep me going during the deceptively-named long ‘walks’.
“And Colin’s support role meant he was always there in the background. We always knew he would be there after many hours of us walking and him waiting patiently.
“My wife Marie was also a tremendous support and I can’t thank her enough.”
The quartet were recently invited to the Glasgow hospital where they handed over a cheque to the value of £2451.75.
“Even now I can hardly believe I did it,” Tony insists. “There were times when I doubted myself but I only had to look at the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity website to remind myself why I did it and how lucky I and my family are.
“Add to that the number of people who helped and supported me with such enthusiasm, emotion and genuine caring, and there is no way that I would have given up short of some sort of catastrophic accident or illness.”
Starting point Paul Gilmour, Marie and Tony Gilmour and Dorothy and Colin Waldron at the official starting point for the West Highland Way in Milngavie, north east of Glasgow
New heights Tony at the top of Ben Lomond on one of the days of his 20-day challenge