Brave Ewan completes mountain challenge

Ewan Mackay (centre) at the peak of Ben Nevis with his mum, dad and two brothers
Ewan Mackay (centre) at the peak of Ben Nevis with his mum, dad and two brothers

Local lad, Ewan Mackay, is enjoying a well deserved rest after returning home from climbing Ben Nevis - all in the name of charity.

The 18-year-old, alongside parents, Gordon and Alison and brothers, Allan and Greig, completed the trek in a total of eight and a half hours on August 24.

The Mackay family and their support team went up Ben Nevis together

The Mackay family and their support team went up Ben Nevis together

The climb was organised as a fundraiser in aid of ‘Friends of the Special Nursery’ at Aberdeen’s Neo Natal Unit as Ewan believes he owes his life to them.

Ewan was born three and a half months early and the first four months of his life were spent at the Unit.

He was also born with cerebral palsy which effects his mobility, making the climb a more significant challenge but he didn’t let that stand in his way and he managed to complete the climb up unassisted.

Ewan’s mum, Alison, said: “It was amazing that he managed to go up unaided. I never doubted he would but it was quite emotional at the top as he had just fulfilled a dream of ten years.

“You think there would be a path leading to the top but there isn’t and it is really rocky.”

Three and a half months before the climb, Ewan hit the gym and was put on a Powerzone core fitness programme by trainer, Mike Evans.

Speaking about the climb, Ewan said: “Getting near the top was really difficult but I didn’t really think too much about it on the way up, I just had a job to do.

“I am still a bit sore but mostly tired as I haven’t really slept.

“I used to get pain when I walked but since I got back it hasn’t been so bad.”

The Mackay family would like to thank their climbing help team, as Alison said: “Without them, the climb wouldn’t have been possible”, and those who have already donated.

Ewan had set an original fundraising target of £1,000 but that was reached quickly, so he changed it to £4,409 - an odd target but it worked out as a pound per ft (the height of Ben Nevis).

The second target was also reached so now he is just hoping to raise as much money as possible towards the Unit as Alison added: “We are forever indebted to them. ‘Friends of the Special Nursery’ has always been our charity and it probably always will be.”

Over the past 18 years, Ewan has raised over £20,000 for the charity by organising a number of fundraising events.

If you would like to donate towards Ewan’s climb, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EwanMackay or check out his own web page at www.blackmask.biz/ben-nevis-challenge.html.