There isn’t a parent out there who wouldn’t move a mountain for the love of their children.
Take both Steve Fyfe and Alan Russell for example.
Both men recently participated in the Peaky Climbers charity event along with a few friends.
The challenge was to climb and conquer the four highest peaks in the UK in five days in the hope of raising £10,000 for various charities.
Steve, a retired taxi driver from Ruthrieston, has tirelessly been raising money for the Neil Fyfe Foundation, a charity he set up in memory of his son.
The budding golf caddy was killed six years ago by a drunk driver while working in the US.
Alan’s motivation was to raise as much money as possible for Freeman Clinic in Newcastle, after daughter Alana received a life-saving double lung transplant operation.
Steve said: ”There was a spanner in the works the day before when the bus company we hired the minibus from cancelled on us.
“But we were determined and ended up hiring two cars and fortunately the rest of the trip was a complete success.”
Steve and fellow designated driver Doug Smith, who were not climbing, were joined by fellow Peaky Climbers from around the country, Steve Milne, David Renwick, Keith Richard, John Moran, Craig Reid and John Sim.
They navigated their way around the UK to climb Scafell Pike in England, Snowdon in Wales, Donard in Northern Ireland and Ben Nevis – covering a distance of 1,100 miles which also involved two ferry rides.
“On the day they climbed Ben Nevis it was 26 degrees,” said Steve.
“They managed all the climbs easily enough with not a blister among them.”
And the kilt-clad Scotsmen proved to be very popular after they reached the top of Ben Nevis…being stopped for photographs as they descended.
Two weeks before setting off on their UK adventure, Steve played in his son’s memorial golf competition at Edzell.
“I played out of my skin with my partner Arthur Graham,” he said.
“There are no words to describe seeing my name on my son’s trophy. I think Neil gave me the push I needed to win.”
To dontate to the Peaky Climbers, who are also raising money for Meningitis Now and Banks O’ Dee Nursing Home, visit www.gofundme.com