The Kiltwalk: The Facts

Tom Robertson and Catherine Stuart climbed Kilimanjaro for charity recently.
Tom Robertson and Catherine Stuart climbed Kilimanjaro for charity recently.

A brother and sister team have raised thousands of pounds for five charities by climbing one of the highest mountains in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Catherine Stuart and Tom Robertson, who are from Turriff and New Pitsligo respectively, took part in the Kilimanjaro Kiltwalk earlier this month for a number of good causes.

The siblings were raising funds in aid of Aberlour, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, CLIC Sargent, Tartan Army Children’s Charity and Westfield School in Fraserburgh.

Catherine and Tom successfully climbed Kilimanjaro which, at 5,895 metres, is the third highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The pair were part of a group of 35 people who took on the challenge - and were the oldest members in the group.

The challenge saw Catherine and Tom trek 50 miles over six days. They slept in tents over five nights.

The siblings were in Tanzania for 10 days and returned home less than two weeks ago.

Because of their hard work and bravery in climbing Kilimanjaro, and thanks to the generous donations they received, Catherine and Tom have raised £8,000 each plus gift aid for their chosen charities.

Catherine and Tom spent three months training for the trek.

As well as being the oldest members of the Kiltwalk group, they were also the members who raised the most money for charity - far exceeding their initial targets.

Commenting, Catherine said: “I found it very emotional because it was very hard work getting to the summit.

“The first day we arrived, we got a text saying our brother, Ian, was on his way to Edinburgh for a kidney transplant - he’s been on kidney dialysis for three years. So that news kept us going.

“Words can’t describe how happy we were when we reached the summit.”

Tom commented: “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us and supported us in any way.

“It was a stunning experience, especially the sunrise.”

Catherine and Tom told the Fraserburgh Herald that on one of the days they spent in Tanzania, the entire 35-strong group visited a school in the village of Moshi.

Whilst there, they donated books to the school and played football and sang with the children.

Upon their return home, Catherine and Tom were welcomed by their family - who had champagne ready for their arrival.