Summit to Sea 3 - Down the Dee!

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ORGANISERS of a gruelling charity challenge hope to have raised over £2,000 for an armed services charity.

‘Summit to Sea 3 – Down the Dee’ in support of Pilgrim Bandits was the brainchild of Andy Jarret, Arbroath, and Andrew Milne, Portlethen, and was their third annual fund-raising endurance event.

This year Andy and Andrew were joined by Lance Corporal Jason Hare of 45 Commando and Aberdeen youngsters Andrew Low and Lewis Morrison.

Lance Corporal Hare was injured while serving in Afghanistan, losing his left leg below the knee, digits on his right hand and the sight in his left eye, after stepping on an IED.

The challenge saw the five men camp over Saturday night on the summit of Lochnagar, before setting off on foot back down the mountain at 7 o’clock the next morning.

At the bottom they switched to two wheels and cycled 35 miles off road to Banchory, boarded two kayaks and a canoe and paddled the remaining 21 miles along the Dee to Aberdeen Harbour.

Andy said: “The challenge was completed in a little over 12 hours and having Jason join us this year was brilliant.

“I think he levelled the playing field somewhat by keeping all of us up until 3 a.m. on Sunday with funny stories and hip flasks full of whisky!

“The Pilgrim Bandits is a charity which assists injured servicemen and women, in particular the many amputees left by the fighting in Afghanistan, so to have Jason help us raise money for them was particularly fitting.”