An raise over £2000 for char­ity

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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

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