OVER £5,000 has been raised for charity in memory of Newarthill man Gary Lonie.
Gary committed suicide in September 2010 at the age of 28 and since then his family and friends have been supporting People Experiencing Trauma and Loss (PETAL) in Hamilton.
The first charitable endeavour saw them take on the Scotland Women’s national football team and now have taken on an arguably tougher task as 40 people trekked to the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.
A charity night in the Cleland Club further boosted the coffers and a cheque for over £4,768 has been sent to PETAL, with £300 held back to erect a plaque at Gary’s grave.
Gary’s mum Janice said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part to raise such a brilliant sum in aid of PETAL and for keeping Gary in their hearts.”