A CARING dad is ‘loch-ing’ to help a vital kids cancer charity by making waves on land and water.
Colin Hutchison is hoping to raise more than £1,000 by cycling from the bottom of Loch Lomond to the top, a distance of more that 20 miles, then kayaking down to Balloch.
The 43-year-old, originally from Bearsden, reckons – weather permitting – the feat will take him about 11 hours.
Colin decided to raise the money for Children with Cancer & Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents (CCLASP) because a friend of his is a nurse and their work has struck a chord with him.
He has two young children – three-year-old Isla and Cameron, who is 17-months-old.
The public relations executive said: “My friend is a clinical nurse and she has first hand experience of how they help people on the ground.”
Another reason Colin decided to choose CCLASP was because it is a very small charity and he feels it does not get the recognition it deserves.
So far the keen outdoor enthusiast has raised £595 and is confident he can reach his target before he starts on August 18.
Colin said: “Hopefully everything will go well and the weather will be with me.
“I’m planning to cycle the 23 miles from Balloch to the top of Loch Lomond at Ardlui, then sea kayak the 21.5 miles back – which will take me approximately 11 hours in total. While I’ve undertaken a number of endurance type challenges in the past, including Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon and windsurfing up Loch Ness, I expect this to be a very tough assignment – especially the sea kayaking leg on Loch Lomond that will take approximately eight hours.
“Though I’m training hard, I’m definitely expecting to be knackered at the end, but it’s all for a great cause – a small charity that really makes a huge difference to over 500 families.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/ColinHutchBonnieBanksChallenge.
FAMILY TIREE . . . Colin with his daughter Isla and son Cameron help him train on Tiree (above). Pictured inset is Colin in action on a previous adventure in Bolivia. You can help him by visiting his webpage.