A 9-year old from Barrhead in East Renfrewshire is taking on Ben Lomond this weekend, following her great grandpa’s cancer diagnosis.
Lola-Rose Wood, who is in Primary 5 at Cross Arthurlie Primary School, plans to complete the challenge with her dad, 33-year old George Wood.
Lola’s great grandpa, 80-year old James Stark from Clydebank, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. His condition sadly worsened in December last year and he has now been moved to a hospice.
PICTURED: Maureen (James' wife) and James with great grandkids Lola, Caleb and Theo.
Lola’s mum, 32-year old Limara Hill, said: “Lola’s great grandpa, who is my grandpa, has been fighting cancer for over five years with outstanding support and help from The Beatson.
“In December his condition got worse and he is now staying in St Margaret’s Hospice, but he has really picked up again and is still full of jokes and stories. He’s an amazing man and we’re lucky to still have him here with us."
PICTURED: Lola and George in training for the challenge
Limara continued: “Raising money by walking Ben Lomond is just a small token of our gratitude.
“We are so unbelievably proud that Lola chose to do such a big climb to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity.
“She is such a determined, thoughtful and kind little girl we couldn’t be more proud of her.”
PICTURED: Lola with mum and dad Limara and George
The pair are hoping to complete the 974-metre climb on Saturday 29th April.
The achievement will also go towards one of Lola’s brownie badges.
Lola said: “I am so excited to climb Ben Lomond. I am also a tiny bit nervous about how high it’s going to be.
“I want to do this challenge to raise money to go towards more people like my great grandpa who need help in a hard time in their lives.
“I also think it will be good fun. My mum said she will get me a Five Guys for dinner if I complete it, so I have to do it now.”
PICTURED: George and Lola
Lola’s dad, George, will be taking on the climb for the second time.
George said: “I feel confident about our Ben Lomond climb. I’m looking forward to some father and daughter time raising money for a great cause and making this memory together.
“I have climbed Ben Lomond before so I know how much of a challenge it will be. This will be Lola’s first time, but I have every faith she’ll manage.”
Niall Gibson, community & challenges fundraiser at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We’re always so inspired by the challenges people take on to raise money for our charity, but 9-year old Lola taking on Ben Lomond is quite incredible.
“We’re so grateful to Lola and her family for their support and we wish Lola and George the best of luck ahead of their climb.
“Every penny raised during challenges like this goes towards supporting other patients and their families across the west of Scotland.”