Couple step up the pace

NEWLYWEDS Delphine and Stuart Reid have stepped up their training for their forthcoming Mount Everest charity hike - literally.

When the pair tied the knot last year, they asked people not to give them gifts but to donate to their fundraising Marie Curie Cancer Care trip to the mountain’s base camp instead.

This way, the Milngavie couple brought in £5,500 of the £7,500 they needed for their adventure of a lifetime.

They made an appeal in your M&B Herald in order to bridge the gap and got a great response.

But, with three weeks to go before they are due to set off, they’ve not been resting on their laurels - in order to help raise the sum they had a challenge where they had to climb 15,000 feet (roughly the altitude of Base Camp in Nepal) on a step machine at Milngavie’s Virgin Active gym where Stuart works.

Delphine said: “We started at 7.30 in the morning as soon as the club opened its doors and climbed at a regular pace for seven hours with a few breaks to stretch, eat and drink. Club members and staff were very supportive and helped us raise another £500 on the day! It was exhausting of course but so rewarding when we started adding up the pounds and got to such a good result! Our new running total is £6,842,83!”

You can donate by going to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stuartanddelphine