Rosehearty pub staff and patrons climb Bennachie for charity

MASONS ARMS, ROSEHEARTY REGULARS AT THE START OF THEIR SPONSORED CLIMB UP BENNACHIE WHICH RAISED �2639 FOR THE FRASERBURGH PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP.
MASONS ARMS, ROSEHEARTY REGULARS AT THE START OF THEIR SPONSORED CLIMB UP BENNACHIE WHICH RAISED �2639 FOR THE FRASERBURGH PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP.

A Rosehearty barmaid and friends raised over £2600 for charity by climbing Bennachie supported by regulars and colleagues from her work.

Linda Coull, who works at the Masons Arms, raised £2639 for the Fraserburgh Parkinsons Support Group, after talking to one of her patrons, Dougie Stevenson, who was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Linda used to climb Bennachie when she was younger and had been talking to Dougie about climbing it again.

Dougie said that he would also like to climb the hill and soon around 20 customers and colleagues had decided to join Linda on her trek.

Lynda Coull, Barbara Stevenson, Gillian Stevenson, Yvonne Bell and Maureen Stout were all sponsored for the climb.

Linda said: “It was a spur of the moment thing.”“I’m just overwhelmed that everyone came to do it with me, it’s great that everyone came together.”

The climbers, including Linda and Dougie, set out on Thursday August 27 with food and travel supplied by members of the local community.

The Mason Arms provided bacon butties while the bus , organised by Dougie Duncan, was donated by Simpsons Travel and driven by Andrew Ritchie.

Local butcher Ian McIntosh supplied the burgers for a Barbecue which the climbers enjoyed at Bennachie.

Linda said: “We had a great day and although there were a lot of sore legs at the end of it, I was amazed by the amount of cash that was raised and can’t thank everybody enough.

“We’ve now decided to make this an annual charity event and will be looking for a different challenge next year.”

After the climb the crowd travelled back to The Masons Arms to rest and enjoy a well deserved drink.

Another Broch charity event held during the summer has also confirmed they raised £2200 from their June festival.

The Lizard Festival will now split the money equally between four charities.