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Youngsters inspired to climb Merrick

Laura Christine and Kirsty Donnan who climbed The Merrick at the weekend raising over �300 for Epilepsy Scotland.

Laura Christine and Kirsty Donnan who climbed The Merrick at the weekend raising over �300 for Epilepsy Scotland.

Two youngsters inspired to help a Port William child raise money for Epilepsy Scotland have scaled the heights of Galloway’s highest hill.

Laura Christine’s niece Leah suffers from the condition and recently held her sixth birthday party on Scotland’s national Epilepsy day in March.

Taking inspiration from her brave niece, Laura from Glenluce and friend Kirsty Donnan from New Luce, both aged 13, embarked on a climb up The Merrick, 843 metres high, last Sunday and managed to raise a whopping £303.50.

The Stranraer Academy pupils were given a cracking day for the climb, which has been known to defeat many hillwalkers.

The challenge was part of a larger-scale effort to raise £2000 before the year is out, an effort which will culminate in the climbing of Ben Nevis in October by Leah’s mum Tracy and three of her friends.

Tracy said: “We are going to be doing lots of fundraising from now until our Ben Nevis challenge in October so the Merrick climb was our latest fundraiser, which took our total to just over an amazing £1500.

“We were very lucky yesterday and got a lovely walk up the Merrick with lovely weather and a fantastic view.”

Leah invited all her friends to a party in Port William where she requested donations to Epilepsy Scotland in lieu of presents.

You can follow the challenge on the Facebook page ‘Ben Nevis climb in aid of Epilepsy Scotland’ where you will find updates and details of how to donate.

 

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