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Stoney resident to climb Mont Blanc

Gavin with Erin, mum Ruth and 10 month old twins

Gavin with Erin, mum Ruth and 10 month old twins

Stonehaven resident Gavin Rodger is to take on his third climb raising funds for Yorkhill children’s hospital in Glasgow.

Gavin has already completed two separate climbs for the hospital taking on Kilimanjaro and Everest in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

The 39 year-old is taking on the challenge because the hospital helped care for his daughter Erin who was born with Digeorge syndrome. Her symptoms included five heart defects and she underwent open heart surgery at six days old.

Thanks to the team of heart and throat surgeons, doctors and nurses at the Yorkhill Hospital Erin thrived and is now four years old.

She has regular check ups and “minor” operations at Yorkhill and another open heart operation is expected in 12 months time.

Including gift aid, Gavin has raised over £73,000 now with the three expeditions.

Gavin told us: “The climb will be more difficult than the last two even though it is not as high but from a climbers perspective with harnesses, crampons and ice axes, this will be the harder climb.”

Gavin leaves this Saturday and will travel to Chamonix before training for two days with equipment and gear before starting the two day climb to the summit.

Family friend Ann-Maree Stephen said: “Gavin has said how this will be a challenge for him, but not only climbing Mont Blanc but also spending time away from his family and spending time away training for this climb.

“Any fund raising which can help save a child’s life is surely worthwhile doing.”

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and the European Union and is 4,810m (15,781 ft) above sea level. You can see more of Gavin’s climb and donate to him through www.justgiving.com/Gavin-Rodger-Mt-Blanc-2014/

Yorkhill Hospital is a specialist children’s hospital treating children from all over Scotland and perform lifesaving treatment on children and babies everyday.

 

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