Paisley firefighter completes ‘hot and sweaty’ charity challenge in memory of friend
A combat-shaped Paisley firefighter sweated in a full kit for more than four hours to raise vital funds for two charities close to his heart.
Crew Commander Grant Carnachan, 38, scaled the equivalent height of Ben Nevis on a stepping machine as he was loaded with 23kg of gear for The Fire Fighters Charity and MND Scotland in memory of his colleague Brian MacDonald, who died at just 43 in July of last year. following a battle with MND.
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The charity challenge has so far raised over £ 1,500, which Grant says was worth the suffering that day.
“I heard from Brian’s family and they were all so happy with what I had done in his memory, they were really happy for me. So it was nice to hear, ”Grant said.
Grant may be used to being hot under the collar in the face of fires in his day job, but he says nothing could have adequately prepared him for the sappy heat of energy he faced in the ProLife Gym Sunday morning.
He explained, “It was really hot and sweaty all the time. The gym staff had left the air conditioning on all night to try and keep the place cool but it was still very hot.
“The staff were amazing, they kept bringing me water and ice to keep me cool, but it was a chore.
“I had set up my tablet to watch shows, I knew every 50 minute episode was another completed track.”
In total, Grant took 10,000 steps to reach the top of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak.
And it wasn’t the first time he’d taken on a tough charity challenge.
In 2017, he ran a half marathon while wearing his firefighter gear to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and the Scottish SPCA Animal Rescue And Rehoming Center in Cardonald.
And now he’s got his eyes on yet another gigantic, potentially world-record challenge – but he’s keeping that up his sleeve or now.
“I have something else in mind for next year – watch this space!” he said.
Grant, who is based at the Pollok Fire Station, originally planned to complete his grueling challenge on December 28, but was forced to postpone due to the reimposition of lockdown restrictions.
To donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GrantCarnachan