Ben Nevis challenge for charity

A team of local walkers from Kirriemuir took on the highest challenge in Britain recently - and raised around £8,000 for cancer charities.

Ruth Simpson (23), who works in Angus Council’s Access office, first spoke about the Ben Nevis challenge last October with her friend Alex Robbie, and they gathered a team of around 30 walkers who scaled the summit for the Kate Simpson Cancer Fund and the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee. They set off in beautiful sunshine on May 6, and by the time they got to the top it was minus seven - and snowing! Some of the party completed the walk in fancy dress, whilst another set off at three in the morning - ran to the top and back down again to join the walkers for a return trip! The money is to be split between the two charities, with the Kate Simpson Cancer Fund, set up by Ruth’s mother who died nine years ago, supporting cancer patients in the Angus area.

Ruth praised the “fantastic support” they received from the local community, including the Co-op which supplied burgers and rolls, and local publican Bob Newton. She said: “There was an amazing spirit from the community. Everybody was so enthusiastic about it.”