Glasgow granny ‘glides across the Clyde’ for CHAS

At 79 years young, Glasgow granny Barbara Drummond set her sights on conquering the Zipslide Across the Clyde last weekend to raise money for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – and has so far raised over a whopping £750.

This adrenalin rushing challenge saw Barbara raised 155ft high in the Glasgow sky before stepping off into thin air and scooting 700ft across the River Clyde at speeds of around 40mph. This was all done to raise vital funds for the national children’s hospice service, which supports families who have a child with a life-shortening condition.

Glasgow granny 'glides across the Clyde' for CHAS

Barbara Drummond said:

“I’m delighted to have made a difference to CHAS as it’s such a worthwhile charity! To know that some children won’t make it to adulthood is very upsetting and I know how important it is to make the time they have here full of lovely memories – I hope the money I raised will help to do that.”

Rachael McDonald, Challenge Events Assistant at CHAS, said: 

“Without people like Barbara taking on these challenges, we wouldn’t be able to provide the care and support that we do. The fundraising she has done is nothing short of incredible and the difference she has made is huge – thank you, Barbara!”

If you would like to make a donation to Barbara, please visit her Just Giving page by clicking here. Or if our incredible gliding granny has inspired you then you can sign up to take part in the zip slide on 24 August by visiting or email for more information.

Glasgow granny 'glides across the Clyde' for CHAS

Every pound raised through the zip sliders’ efforts will bring CHAS closer to reaching every child and family who needs their support, and will make a huge difference to the hundreds of families across Scotland that they currently support.

In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs it. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provide its hospice services nationwide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions., CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

CHAS at Home supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland and through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, CHAS supports families and clinical teams.