Fam­ily plea

Fam­ily try to stay strong as they wait for news of Jim

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The fam­ily of a man who has been miss­ing in the Cairn­gorms for two weeks have made an emo­tional ap­peal to raise money in his hon­our.

Lynn Robert­son, from King’s Park, has been left dev­as­tated by the dis­ap­pear­ance of her dad, Jim.

A for­mer King’s Park sec­ondary pupil is rais­ing money in mem­ory of her dad, who has been miss­ing in the Cairn­gorms for two weeks.

Jim Robert­son was last seen on Wed­nes­day, March 2, just two days be­fore his 61st birth­day, when he left Bob Scott’s Bothy at the foot of the moun­tains.

His fam­ily be­lieve he headed to the se­cond high­est moun­tain in the UK, Ben Mac­dui, where he “has had a tragic ac­ci­dent and has suc­cumbed to the el­e­ments some­where on this moun­tain.”

His daugh­ter, Lynn, 27, has now set up a Just Giv­ing page to raise money for the Brae­mar Moun­tain Res­cue Team (BMRT), who are car­ry­ing out the search for Jim.

In just a few days, she has raised £7524.96, smash­ing her ini­tial tar­get of £1000.

Last week, Lynn posted a heart­felt mes­sage to her dad on Face­book.

She wrote: “We knew some­thing was very wrong when you didn’t show up for your birth­day din­ner that we’d all been look­ing for­ward to.

“When our fears were re­alised, my heart be­gan to hurt more than I thought it ever could (the hurt hasn’t dulled one bit).

“That week­end of wait­ing was the long­est and most hellish week­end of our lives. The des­per­a­tion and the not know­ing were the worst.... Or so we thought un­til Mon­day when ev­ery­thing changed and we had to ac­cept that the search was then for your body.

“I will never be able to put that pain into words so I won’t even try.”

Jim’s dis­ap­pear­ance has left Lynn, and her 30-year-old brother, Paul, also a for­mer pupil at King’s Park, and their mum, Liz, ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated.

Yes­ter­day, Lynn said: “I’m still do­ing ev­ery­thing in my power to gain pub­lic­ity in the hope that some­one may come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion to help the search and also to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for the in­cred­i­ble BMRT vol­un­teers who are work­ing tire­lessly in their search.

“Meet­ing some of the vol­un­teers of the BMRT team has kept our fam­ily strong as we know that they want to find our dad just as much as we want him found.

“They see our dad as one of their own and they are com­pletely com­mit­ted to bring­ing him home to us.

“We will never be able to put into words how much their ef­forts mean to us so rais­ing money to sup­port them is our way of show­ing it.

“We have been com­pletely over­whelmed by the kind­ness of both of friends and strangers, hav­ing raised over £7,500 in just a few days.

“We are so grate­ful for each and ev­ery do­na­tion, as are the BMR team, and we hope ev­ery­one who has al­ready do­nated knows that they have played a spe­cial part in hon­our­ing our beloved dad.”

• To do­nate, go to www.just­giv­ing.com/JimRobert­son60/

Heart-break­ing Jim Robert­son, who has been miss­ing in the Cairn­gorms since March 2, 2016, with his chil­dren, Paul, 30, and Lynn, 27

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