Charity mountain climbers say thanks

Steve Warriner, Wendy Riva, Abi Riva, Nobby Clarke, Kristina Baldwin and Matthew Steven on their fundraising climb
Steve Warriner, Wendy Riva, Abi Riva, Nobby Clarke, Kristina Baldwin and Matthew Steven on their fundraising climb

Eight family members including two friends from Peterhead and an 11-year-old dog, climbed the Black Cuillin range in Isle of Skye on Saturday, June 15 for charity.

The Sgurr na Banachdich mountain is one of the hardest to climb in Skye standing at 3,166ft and is formed from a very rough black igneous rock. The summits are jagged in outline and have steep cliffs and deep cuts corries and gullies.

The group arranged the climb to raise awareness and donations to the charity Sepsis Trust UK as in December 2012, their uncle, brother and son, Rob Warriner, passed away from the condition.

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.

It leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognized and treated promptly andclaims over 37,000 lives a year in the UK.

Rob was born in Wakefield, England, then moved up to where his parents lived on the Isle of Skye.

Rob’s passing was sudden and only in the space of two weeks before Christmas, making it an even more dramatic and sad time for his family.

They said: “We will never forget Rob, he will always be in our hearts as a loving, generous and caring individual who loved music, films and mountain climbing, in particular ‘Sgurr Nan Gillean’ which he climbed in less than three hours!”

On the day of the climb, Harold and Lucy Warriner (Rob’s parents) held an afternoon tea party which sold various items donated by individuals in Isle of Skye and Aberdeen from clothes and handmade cards to car pieces. Hot drinks and a buffet were also sold and in total £700 was donated.

Rob’s niece, Abi took part in the climb and said: “With our donations we raised a massive £2,846.14. This figure is more than expected as our target was only £1,000 and we are very thankful to everyone who helped, donated and climbed.

“We hope that with these donations we can make a difference to other families.”