Munro marathon boost for two charities

270512 Leslie grant.
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A PODIATRIST from Bo’ness will ensure his feet are in tip-top condition for a mammoth climb up 16 Munro peaks this weekend.

Leslie Grant (54), co-owner of Grant Chiropody and Podiatry, will cover 50km on Saturday when he completes the Munros in the Cairngorms range near Aviemore during a 24-hour period over Friday and Saturday.

Leslie is part of a team of six friends doing the Coylum Charity Challenge which will take in many of Scotland’s highest hills including Ben MacDhui, Britain’s second highest mountain at 4295 feet.

He said: “I do a bit of walking and thought I could do something for charity through it.

“I’m not a Munro bagger, but I have been in training for this since January.

“I’ve raised a lot of money so far and would like to thank everyone, especially clients in Falkirk and in Bo’ness, for helping me to raise so much.”

Leslie is walking for Strathcarron Hospice and Prostate Scotland and has already reached £3210 thanks to donations from clients, friends and family, smashing an initial £1500 target.

“The hospice I have raised money for in the past,” said Leslie. “Two of my friends were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and that kind of inspired me to double up charities.”

There are three podiatrists in the family, with Leslie working in the Falkirk branch of Grant Chiropody and Podiatry, wife Dawn (53) based in the Bo’ness surgery, and daughter Nikki (25) between the two.

Dawn has kept Leslie company on training sessions in the Pentlands and the Cairngorms.

And despite his gruelling weekend schedule, he will be back at work on Monday!

To donate visit www.justgiving.com and search under Leslie Grant.