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Ben Nevis challenge woman raises £2,000

Elaine McPherson on the summit of Ben Nevis
Elaine McPherson on the summit of Ben Nevis

A north-east woman whose father died in a car crash has raised nearly £2,000 for a road safety charity by climbing Scotland’s highest mountain.

Harry McPherson died in October 2014 after a two-car collision on the Toll of Birness to Mintlaw stretch of the A952.

Mr McPherson’s partner Patricia sustained severe brain injuries and multiple broken bones in the smash.

Now their daughter Elaine has raised £1,940 for the road safety charity Brake by scaling Ben Nevis in her dad’s name.

Originally scheduled for October but postponed due to bad weather, Miss McPherson and her team of friends completed the challenge on Sunday.

Last night she said: “I just want to say a huge thank you so much to everyone who sponsored and helped in any way, there are still some donations to come in but the JustGiving page is sitting at £1,940, absolutely fantastic.

“All proceeds go to Brake to continue to support family affected by the death and serious injury of loved ones due to crashes on our roads.

“People didn’t only donate to a great charity but helped me personally to stay focused through a particularly difficult time.”

She praised her team of friends who battled “sideways wind and rain” to reach the summit of the UK’s highest peak.

“Life can be really hard but don’t let what happens overwhelm you, do something good, something to motivate you to try and help others,” Miss McPherson added.

When Miss McPherson announced her challenge Lisa Kendall, Brake’s community fundraising manager, said her efforts would help the charity continue to provide life-saving work.

She added: “Every penny raised will be put towards our work supporting families whose lives have been devastated by a road crash, and campaigning for safer roads.”

Miss McPherson is still collecting donation’s in her father’s memory at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elaine-Mcpherson3

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