A group of midwives from NHS Highland’s flagship hospital will experience labour of a different kind when they tackle the UK’s highest mountain for a charity fundraiser.
The group from the labour suite at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness intend to conquer Ben Nevis, near Fort William in Lochaber, on Sunday June 19 to raise money for cancer care in the Highlands.
Each of them has known someone affected by cancer in the past year, including colleagues, and this has inspired them to take on the challenge of the 4,012ft peak.
Senior charge midwife Yvonne McKenzie said: “There are 30 of us making the climb in June and we’ve all been training, which has been a lot of fun.
“We know the actual climb itself will be tough, but it’s nothing compared to what our friends have been and are going through.”
She added that they were all looking forward to it and were hoping for good weather.
Ms McKenzie said: “Everyone has been very supportive and we’ve been lucky enough to be sponsored by Sydney House B&B in Cromarty which has enabled us to get our ‘LetsMUCIn’ T-shirts to wear on the day.
“We’ve raised £1,000 online so far, but that doesn’t include individual sponsorships that I know many of the group have.
“We really hope that what we raise will make a difference locally.”
She added that anyone wanting to support their efforts by making a donation could hand it in at Raigmore’s labour suite.