Night-time climb of Ben Nevis to fight MS for New Deer group

The Hairy Hikers climb Ben Nevis in the dark
The Hairy Hikers climb Ben Nevis in the dark

A group of hikers from New Deer climbed Ben Nevis at night to raise money for MS after one of the hikers was diagnosed 10 years ago.

Calling themselves the Hairy Bikers, 11 friends, including MS sufferer Kerry Anderson, climbed the UK’s tallest mountain in the dark to raise money for MS Society Scotland.

The Hairy Hikers at dawn

The Hairy Hikers at dawn

The group started their assent at 10 pm with the first group reaching the summit around three hours and forty minutes later.

Sarah Cooper, one of the 11 hikers, said: “It was a massive achievement for all of us but especially for Kerry.

“We left at 10 pm, it was pitch dark and all of us had torches and there were leaders organised by MS Society Scotland.”

After reaching the summit the group began their descent with the first of the hikers arriving back at 6 am and Kerry’s group completing the journey at around 8 am.

The group have raised over £8,000 for the MS charity by undertaking their night-time climb on August 27.

Writing on the group’s JustGiving page, Kerry’s daughter wrote: “There are many people suffering from MS.

“10 years ago my mum (Kerry) was diagnosed.

“Last year she suffered her worst relapse, she has received lots of specialist medical care and medication so we decided to raise money for MS, hoping that someday we can find a cure!”

With an initial target set of £3,300 the Hairy Hikers have smashed it by over £5,000, now sitting at £8,365.36 at the time of writing.

Many messages have also been left on the JustGiving page in support of the hikers efforts.

Alison Matthew wrote: “Well done Kerry and her Hairy Hikers, wow what an inspiration you all are!”

Bryan Wood wrote: “Well done to you all and well done Kerry.”

To donate to the Hairy Hikers page and support MS Society Scotland visit their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hairyhikers11?utm_source=facebook