Ferry dad to clim peak for charity

A Queensferry dad is set to climb Ben Nevis to raise vital funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation - and he is calling on others to do the same.

Neil Gow, 35, is set to take on Ben Nevis for the second year in a row in aid of SKFF.

Risk intelligence analyst Neil, is taking part in this year’s climb after his son Conor was admitted to the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Rushed to hospital at only 18-months-old when his GP raised concerns about his blood glucose levels, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and spent five critical days receiving treatment before being discharged. Conor, now three, has to attend a diabetic clinic three times a month.

Neil said: “The staff did a fantastic job of informing us what his condition meant, keeping us up-to-date with his progress and re-assuring us that he was going to be okay.

“After seeing first-hand the level of care and dedication of the staff, I wanted to help in any way I could.”

Neil admitted he was nervous at first about undertaking the climb saying: “The thought of combining an endurance challenge with such a good cause was a great idea, and I jumped at the chance to help the charity.”

If anyone wishes to join Neil and raise funds for SKFF, they must raise a minimum £500 sponsorship.

To register, log on to www.edinburghsickkids.org/events/challenge-events.html