Ben Nevis Trek raises £3,600

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AN ARBROATH family has realised an impressive amount of cash after leading a trek up Scotland’s highest peak last weekend.

Tim and Fiona Stretton led 21 friends and family up Ben Nevis to raise money for the British Heart Foundation last Saturday.

Tim and Fiona had lost their fathers to heart disease and wanted to give something back in support of the charity.

The walkers, aged between 15 and 60, set off from the base of the munro at around 9 a.m. to tackle the ascent.

In total, the group managed to raise approximately £3,600 and have extended their thanks to all those who took part in the trek.

Singled out for special mention are John and Brenda Berry, who started a justgiving.com page and were involved along with Ray Coges in ensuring the safety of the hikers, and Moira Ballentyne of the British Heart Foundation.

Tim said: “The terrible weather on Saturday made this an even harder feat, there were hailstones, fog, and it was minus 11 degrees.”

Although only 17 of the group completed the expedition, Tim said he was very proud of the group.

He added: “Considering the weather, they did brilliantly, and probably got more out of doing it in a blizzard.”

However, the pair are not simply content to rest on their laurels and next year plan to return to Ben Nevis as part of a three day, three peaks challenge, which will also see them tackle Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, or similar.

The event is tentatively planned for either the Easter or May weekend and the couple are keen for volunteers, young or old to join them in raising money.

For more information, contact Tim or Fiona at tim@stretton5560.freeserve.co.uk