KIND-HEARTED climbers from all over Lanarkshire reached the summit of Ben Nevis to raise vital funds for St Andrew’s Hospice recently.
Among them were eight courageous fundraisers who are members of Strathclyde Hillwalking and Activity Group. They took part in the 24-hour Ben Nevis Wild Camp and Sunrise Challenge on Saturday, July 2 for the charity.
Those who took part were given 24 hours to climb Britain’s highest mountain while experiencing the delights of wild camping along the way.
Norbet Grant, a member of the fundraising team, said: “The amazing individuals who signed up to this challenge to help raise vital funds for St Andrew’s Hospice, Lanarkshire’s only specialist Hospice, are without doubt an inspiration to all. Each of them trained very hard for this physically and emotionally demanding experience.
“On the ascent of the Ben all participants carried their own equipment including tents, sleeping bags and cooking utensils – with some rucksacks weighing 25lbs when fully packed!
“While climbing the mountain the heat was almost unbearable and sweat was running from everyone, legs were sore and tired and shoulders were crippled under the weight of the bags.
“Nevertheless, spirits were high and with a little encouragement from each other everyone managed to overcome their fatigue and banish any negative thoughts to conquer ‘the Ben’ and get front row seats to the most beautiful and enchanting burning-red sunrise at 4.30am.”
The Hospice want to thank the climbers for taking part in the event and supporting the charity.