Five locals including a father and son are to take part in a 24-hour sponsored walk round Neilston to raise money for good causes.

The beneficiaries on June 25 will be the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Erskine, which helps military veterans.

Organiser and participant Iain Forysth, who lives in Neilston, has mapped out a 30km route that will also take in parts of Barrhead and Uplawmoor. He has dubbed their marathon effort a “24-Hour Moment of Madness”.

He said: “The son of one of our walkers was diagnosed with a very large hole in their heart at eight weeks old and had to undergo open heart surgery at three months old.

“They are healthy now thanks to the staff and surgeons at the children’s unit in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and support they gave at the time to the family and this is why we are supporting their charity to give something back to help others.

“Erskine do fantastic work in supporting our veterans and their families make the difficult transition to civilian life.

“Hopefully the weather is on our side on the day and if you see our five on the local roads give us a wave.

“We are still accepting donations on our Go Fund Me Page, any contribution will make a big difference.”

Iain says they they will walk for six to eight hours at a time, with breaks for food and water.

The five are Iain, 56, a service delivery manager; his son Calum Forsyth, 26; Natalie Cameron who is a doctor; sister-in-law Nicola Dick, who is a housing officer, and Emma Steele. All five are from the Neilston area.

Calum works for the jewellers Beaverbrooks and they have promised to match any donations received.

Iain says he is hopeful of raising at least £2,000.

The quintet will start their marathon walk at 9am on the Saturday and finish around 10:30am on Sunday, June 26, once all the rest breaks have been taken into account.

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