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Sir Patrick was out of this world

Sir Patrick Moore was, in fact, part of a recent lunar eclipes (Obituary, The Herald, December 10 & Letters, December 11).

Chest Heart and Stoke Scotland (CHSS) and Glasgow Caledonian University were part of a joint project to help the Inverclyde Globetrotters' cardiac rehabilitation walk to the moon. The Globetrotters were using pedometers to measure their steps and had already walked around the world (without leaving Inverclyde). We needed a patron who was a star and knew the galaxy, so we approached Sir Patrick Moore. We invited him to be our patron and join us to get to the Moon. He sent us a wonderful letter and was a great support. What was so like him was that he did not have an address like most of us, he had a longitude and a latitude.

With the help of Sir Patrick, CHSS affiliated groups and many others, touchdown of the Inverclyde Globetrotters happened in January 2012, a distance of 238,857 miles.

He was a real gentleman and a great character and will be a great loss to many.

Dr Morag Thow,

Glasgow Caledonian University,

Department of Psychology and Allied Health Science,

Division of Physiotherapy, 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow.

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