Almost £15,000 has been raised for charity thanks to a fundraising hill walk organised in memory of a north-east woman.
Staff from the Banchory-based Leys Group, which includes the Bancon Group, Lets Estate and the North Banchory Company, took on the challenge of climbing two Munros in one day – Driesh and Mayar in Glen Clova – in aid of Clan Cancer Support.
The employees hiked in memory of colleague Irene Steel, who died of cancer earlier this year.
They were joined by friends and members of Ms Steel’s family.
All together, the fundraising campaign generated £14,685 for Clan, which supports cancer patients all throughout the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.
The donation was handed over to staff at the charity’s wellbeing and support centre in Banchory last week by Ms Steel’s family, including her two granddaughters Kara, nine, and Isla, seven.
The family thanked Bancon for their “tremendous achievement” and said Ms Steel would have been “proud” and “overwhelmed” at the amount raised.
Helen Hasnip. Clan’s Deesdie area coordinator, said: “We are incredibly humbled by the efforts of the Leys Group raising funds for Clan in memory of Irene Steel.
“Last year Clan supported more than 2,500 people across the region and provided 694 sessions for people affected by cancer in Banchory.”