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Tony's BEN NEVEREST WAY

I set myself a unique and very difficult target for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity) because I couldn't do to do what the NHS staff do 24/7

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Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity)

We fund medical equipment and services to give our children the best possible care

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. Please take time to look at the photos too. My name is Tony Gilmour. I am 62 years old and I want to walk the West Highland Ben Neverest Way. What's that? I hear you say. Its really just the West Highland Way WITH a serious twist. I want to climb some of the famous munro mountains that abound in the Scottish highlands. In fact my initial goal is to climb enough munros on the way  to climb the SAME HEIGHT AS MOUNT EVEREST that means at least 6 munros because the West Highland Way itself involves climbing more than 10000ft over the 96 miles.

If anybody out there fancies taking on the challenge with me even if it's just for 1 stage or 1 munro it could be many stages and munros even ALL OF THEM if you have the time. I will start on Saturday 1st September along with Dorothy, Colin and anybody else who wants to support our Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity, at the official starting point of the West Highland Way in Milngavie. We plan to leave about 10.00 am and the first stage should is 11.8 miles long which should take about 5 to 6 hours. So bring your own lunch. Every one is welcome especially if you are able to get some of your own sponsors to help reach the target then please get in touch:- 

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I'm trying to show my appreciation of the wonderful staff at all levels who work 24/7 to look after our sick children.  I think of these hospitals and just wish they could have all the equipment they need at hand to carry out the miracles they sometimes achieve. These facilities and the equipment within them cost a lot of money as does the special accommodation needed when parents need to stay with their children in their darkest hours. I believe this facility has been significant in helping many children to come through.

You cant put a price on that  The whole world was captivated by the story the of 12 boys trapped in the caves in Thailand. This perfectly illustrates that the whole world has A PLACE IN THEIR HEARTS FOR EVERY CHILD. The everyday people of our world are never slow to pitch in when funds are needed.

I chose this challenge because for me it also perfectly Illustrates the battles that so many sick children face before they even get a chance to live a life.

As Nelson Mandela once said " I have discovered that after climbing a great hill. One only finds that there are many more hills to climb" .

I had this idea a long time ago and then got sick myself with a condition which wont kill me but has limited my life options quite severely and I am almost at the point where it is under control. But the idea was dormant until I recently met a  couple, Colin and Dorothy, who have a nephew William 6 years old and a grandson Jackson 2  both getting cancer treatment at the hospital. On top of this  I had to do it when I discovered that the childrens cancer ward is called  SCHIEHALLION AFTER ONE OF THE FAMOUS SCOTTISH MUNROS. 

I have to remind myself that I am 62 and only started to train for this about a month ago so although my goal is to climb the same height as Mt Everest I will take time to rest between munros. I will start on 1st Sep 2018

I NEED HELP. I am not yet back to full or best health and possibly never will be. I have not worked for 2 to 3 years and was earning very little for years before that. It is easier to tell you how some kind and generous people have helped already. Davey is a keen Munro bagger and he lives very close to some of the stairs that I use for training. He saw me a few times whilst walking his dog and we got talking. He liked my idea and offered to take me with him to do his next Munro which we both enjoyed thoroughly about two weeks ago.  He says he will be in touch for his next one CHEERS DAVEY. I could not have done this on my own because I don't have spare money to drive up and down to Munro land at minimum £20 per trip. Another man who attends two or three of the same 60+ badminton groups per week that I do, completely out of the blue told me that he was not planning any Munros but offered to fill my petrol tank without even knowing how much it would cost. I almost cried but VERY GRATEFULLY accepted his kind gesture and it has enabled me to do Ben Lomond again and possible two more Munros without worrying about the costs. I have one more planned trip with Andrew (the son of my friends) and his group who have planned to do a Munro on 26TH OF August. Help has come in other forms as well. One badminton club member has given me a lot of, near perfect condition, hillwalking clothes that he doesn't use any more. Another couple have said that they own a caravanette and could do one or two stages with me thereby saving "loadsa money" on accommodation or return petrol for driving, for the northern stages. Please think about how you might be able to help. Also please think about telling your friends and family about my challenge and maybe they will sponsor or find some other way to support me in completing it or more importantly in supporting these Children to achieve as close to a normal life as possible. Imagine what it would be like if all you really wanted was TO BE NORMAL.  


SO LETS HELP SOME CHILDREN OVER THE HILL AND GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO LIVE A LIFE. 

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