A Dumbarton grand-dad will take a leap of faith later this month on a zip slide across the Clyde for charity.

Tommy Kane, 65, is doing the daredevil stunt to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland following the "bombshell" news that his wife Susan, 60, is suffering from early onset dementia.

Tommy, a civilian worker at Clydebank police office, has set up a JustGiving page and hopes the sponsored zip slide at the Titan Crane will hit a target of £400.

He told the Reporter: "Alzheimer Scotland has helped me and my family to cope and come to terms with this bombshell that life has thrown at us.

"When it comes to raising money, I am not able to run marathons so I thought that doing the zip slide will be a good way to raise funds.

"I do realise when I step off the crane there will be no going back, but that will be the easy bit, considering what's ahead of us.

He quipped: "Hopefully, I won't take a dip in the Clyde."

Tommy said Susan, who was diagnosed with the condition in September 2017, is "not doing too badly" and sings with the Alzheimer Choir every fortnight, attending nursing homes and events.

He added: "They bring a cheery song and a bit of happiness to others and enjoy themselves while doing it.

"I would like to do my wee bit to help, so I have decided to do this stunt to support them as, trust me, you don't want to hear me sing!"

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On his JustGiving page, he says: "Most of you guys know me as 'Wee Tommy' or 'The Grumpy Guy' who is always chasing you for stuff and moaning at you.

"Thanks for taking the time to visit my page.

"Please, if you could make a donation big or small, this will help me along the way and in turn help others living with this disease."

Tommy and Susan have a son, Allan, and two daughters, Marie and Jennifer, and eight grandchildren.

Susan, family members, colleagues and friends will be there to support him when he does the zip slide on Saturday, June 22 at around 2.45pm.

He quipped: "Come along and smell the fear."

You can make a donation by going to justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-kane6