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SOUTHSIDERS are hitting the heights to bring in cash for charity.

Thornliebank’s Hazel Barton and Shawlands’ Andy Marks have just tackled Machu Picchu to generate a whopping £6,813 between them for St Andrew’s hospice.



Hazel told The Extra: “The hospice’s annual running costs are approximately £4.2million of which nearly £2.2million has to be raised each year from public donations.

“That’s a staggering weekly fundraising target of £42,000.

“I was happy to suffer a little discomfort to support such a worthy cause”.

She added: “Peru was an incredible place to visit and we’ve met some amazing people along the way. The team spirit of our group was fantastic and everyone really pulled together to make the trek a real success and truly unforgettable experience.

“There are still funds coming in but at the moment it looks like the total raised by the group for the hospice will be around £50,000”.

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Pushing himself to the limit was Martin Myers who completed the 26th Marathon Des Sables to raise almost £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

He said: “It was an amazing event and everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was by far and away tougher than I had imagined.

“The terrain, heat and distances were unbearable at times added to by a constant feeling of exhaustion, hunger and thirst.

“Raising such an amount really has made it all worthwhile and I am very humbled by everyone’s support”.

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Meanwhile, southsider Sandy Halliday completed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise £5,000 for the Beatson Pebble Appeal.

He said: “It’s the world’s highest freestanding mountain, Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s seven highest continental summits.

“At 5,895 metres it is the fourth most prominent mountain in world.

“The fifth day was the toughest and that’s when most of those who didn’t make it were forced to give up. It was a trip of a lifetime”.

Meanwhile, Kimberley Hamilton from Netherlee will be doing a 10,000ft skydive in Perth on May 7 for Revive MS Support.

The 27-year-old has just been made a trustee and became involved after a family member was diagnosed with the condition.

She said: “It is an amazing charity that provides vital support and therapy services to people across the west of Scotland.

“MS is a condition of the central nervous system – it is the most common disabling neurological disease among young adults and affects every sufferer differently.

“It has also recently become a cause extremely close to my heart”. To donate visit