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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Capital Scotland has raised £1,000 for its Make Some Noise charity with the help of one of Amazonia’s exotic residents.

Presenter Amy Irons faced her fear of spiders live on air on Thursday morning by holding tarantula Gillian with help from Sam Haworth, Education Officer at Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest.

Listeners of the breakfast show, hosted by Des Clarke, Steven and Amy, were encouraged to make a £3 text donation to the radio station’s appeal with Amy promising to hold Gillian if £500 was raised.

Amy embraced the eight-legged arachnid on the show much to the delight of her colleagues.

Make Some Noise, the official charity of Capital, helps youngsters and their families across the UK living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Sam Haworth, said: “Amy’s reaction to seeing and touching Gillian the tarantula is very common. It was plain to see she was very frightened but she was an excellent sport and kept very still while I guided Gillian onto her hand.

 “We are delighted Capital raised such a superb amount for a vital charity that helps families across the UK.

 “Spiders are fascinating creatures and I thoroughly enjoy going out into the community to teach school and nursery children all about them as well as showing them to visitors at Amazonia.

 “You can see Gillian up close by visiting Amazonia.”

Amazonia is home to an array of exotic animals from tarantulas and pythons to kinkajous and parrots.

Amazonia is open between 10am and 6pm seven days a week and is situated within M&D’s – Scotland’s Theme Park. Further information can be found by visiting www.discoveramazonia.co.uk.