No mountain high enough for daredevil Bearsden dentist

Kilmanjaro climber
Kilmanjaro climber

A BEARSDEN dentist, thanks to help from his family and friends, has raised £22,500 for The Beatson Pebble Appeal after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

Alasdair Reid (52), who has worked at Chartwell Dental Care, Bearsden, for the past 24 years, took on this challenge along with fellow dentist Stuart Craig from Auchinleck, Ayrshire.

The father of three decided to raise money for Beatson Cancer Care after his eldest daughter Morvern (24), a graduate physiotherapist, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March this year.

Alasdair, who is one of five partners at the practice, said: “My daughter went in for a routine gynaecological procedure and when we found out she had ovarian cancer all our priorities changed.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful people at The Beatson where Morvern is receiving her treatment.”

Alasdair and Stuart paid for their own flights to maximise the amount they could raise.

They travelled to Ethiopia on September 21st then headed to Tanzania on the 22nd.

It took six days to climb to the 19,341ft peak and the last day was a tough 15 hour trek, climbing 4,000ft and descending 7,500ft.

The Beatson Pebble Appeal aims to raise £10 million to build the Beatson Translational Research Centre, the final element in the creation of the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research.

The centre will convert basic cancer research into real improvements in treatments for patients with the focus on common tumours, breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, along with smoking related diseases such as lung, throat, oral and gastrointestinal cancer.

Since the campaign was launched in the summer of 2007, £6m has been pledged.

Alasdair, from Paisley, would like to thank to all those who have already donated so generously and is still gratefully accepting donations which can be made online at justgiving.com/morvern4thebeatson.