Bankers take on Ben Nevis challenge for charity

Two local bank workers are going to pull on their walking boots and climb Ben Nevis on September 5 to raise cash for Help the Hospices.

The employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks will be hiking boots for one of the UK’s leading charities for hospice care along with 93 other keen walkers.

The trek will last up to eight hours and see the group tackling rough terrain, steep climbs, snowy ground and finally crossing the boulder field to the summit cairn.

Linda Docherty, (51) from Milngavie, who works as a senior relationship partner in Clydesdale Bank’s Clydebank office, said: “It’s great to be setting off to climb Ben Nevis alongside my colleagues for the benefit of an extremely worthwhile cause.

“I have no doubt it will be a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to raise much needed funds for Help the Hospices at the same time.

“The bank is match funding every penny raised which will be a great motivation when the climb becomes physically challenging.”

Linda is taking part alongside Scott Murray (39) from Lenzie and Gillian Riddell (47) from Bearsden, with Help the Hospices Chief Executive David Praill and senior staff at the banks.

The climb will take them to the highest point on the British Isles, at 1,343m above sea level.

The banks have been working in partnership with Help the Hospices for seven years raising more than £3.5 million for hospice care to date.

David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Trek the Ben is a demanding challenge but that hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm. This is another great example of the amazing support that they have shown us.”