A family of four hardy Stornoway women were feeling high on Saturday (August 25th) after successfully conquering Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
Not only that, but their fundraising attempt beat its target today (Sunday August 26th), with £400 donated via JustGiving.
The four, mum Eilidh Thompson and her daughters Alanna and Carissa McCuaig and Bethany Macleod, had set out on the challenge to raise money for cats and dogs in need of rescue and care in both Lewis and Cyprus.
They left the Ben Nevis visitor centre shortly after 9am on Saturday, and were at the top of the mountain and back down again within 11 hours.
Bethany said: “It took us 11 hours and 42,000 steps but we made it! Hardest thing I have ever done in my life but the most incredible sense of achievement.”
Cats Protection Lewis and Harris Branch and Dog Rescue Cyprus are the two charities the family wanted to help, after adopting a dog via the Cyprus rescue charity and because Cats Protection in Lewis and Harris gives round-the-clock care to rescued cats and kittens in the islands.
Bethany said: “Ben Nevis stands at 1,345metres and is the highest mountain in the British Isles. We are climbing it as a mum and daughter power team of four and are hoping to reach our target to give both charities £250 each.”
And her sister Carissa later posted: “What can I say... the toughest most gruelling rewarding thing I have ever done. Literally so many points I thought I just can’t go on, but as a team we conquered the Ben! So much admiration for my fellow climbers, we all helped each other through.
"Words honestly can’t describe the height, the views or the climb. 4414ft of stony, gravel hell!”
You can still support the total raised by going to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bennevisteam2018?ref=pageredirect