Gean on the river rapids for her 92nd birthday

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not every lady celebrating her 92nd birthday would want to do it careering down river rapids in a dinghy.

But Gean Hodsdon is not just any lady and on Monday she was up in Aberfeldy for a third time to take on the river rapids and put the fun back in fundraiser.

This time, Gean wanted to raise money for local charity Linlithgow Link and she was joined in her raft by West Lothian Provost Tom Kerr, Link chairman Don McAulay, Margaret Strachan, friend Nikki, and Robin Andrews with daughters Stephanie (17) and Charlotte (15). So far the charity are confident the adventure has raised over £1000.

Gean, who lives at Linlithgow’s Bield Housing, said: “Last time I was in a kayak but there was not much white water as we were going from Kenmore to Aberfeldy. But this time we rafted from Aberfeldy to Grandtully where there’s a lot more white water, which makes it more interesting for me. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. We all got fitted up with safety gear - that’s the bit I don’t like as you can’t breathe or speak - there’s fat chance of anything happening to you with all that on!”

With support from the rest of the team, Gean had a great time, and her only disappointment is that she can’t take her adventurous spirit to the skies.

She said: “I’ve got two knee replacements so the doctor said no to skydiving or parachuting - he knocked that on the head. Hopefully this will be my last time on the rapids - but I’ve said that every time!”

Linlithgow Link coordinator Pauline Andrews added: “The staff were fantastic and Gean did really well - she’s an absolutely amazing lady.”

Gean previously rafted the river rapids on her 90th birthday, and kayaked the Tay for her 91st last year, raising money for the charity Blythswood.