Jimmy’s on cloud nine
OAP scales UK’s highest peaks
A Burnside pensioner has raised cash for a great cause – by climbing Britain’s highest mountains in horrendous weather.
Jimmy Munro, 78, was part of a five-strong group who set out to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in a 24-hour period, with the aim of earning cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Marie Curie nurses helped care for Jimmy’s dying brother-in-law, Tam McGlone, who passed away last year.
And the group’s mountain marathon pulled in a total of £2,074 for the cause.
However, the day itself saw them deal with dreadful wind and rain.
Jimmy said: “They were the worst weather conditions I’ve had to deal with. Ben Nevis was a bit of a slog to start, Scafell Pike was dreich and we were soaked through by the end of it.
“Then the weather on Mount Snowdon was horrendous – the wind speed was forecast as being 60 to 70 mph and it certainly felt like it.
“As we went up we thought we’d be OK but we did get a little bit nervous when we passed quite a few people turning back .
“And there was at least one person we saw being stretchered off. There were a lot of mountain rescue workers about in case things went wrong.”
However, Jimmy admitted to a huge sense of of satisfaction when they reached the summit .
The pensioner said: “When we got there, we stood at the top of the cairn and Andy (Jimmy’s son) said ‘What an achievement’.
“We made it with 25 minutes to spare to get them done in the 24 hours, it was a bit of a race against time but we managed it. We’d aimed to raise £650 so we’re pretty chuffed with raising over £2000.”
Along with Jimmy and Andy on the trip were Tam’s son-in-law Alan Wilkinson and their friends Neil Leslie and Fraser Ainslie.
Alan was full of praise for Jimmy’s hard work. He said: “It’s amazing he’s still doing things like this at 78.
“He was leading the way on both Pike and Snowden and I couldn’t keep up.
“We were pretty worried about coming back down from Snowden because the water was absolutely sweeping across as we climbed up.
“What saved us was that there is a rail line up at Snowden and we followed that back down.
“My wife’s dad got amazing care at the hospice so it has been great to help them out in some way.”
Anyone who wants to make a donation to Jimmy’s cause can still do so.
Visit www.justgiving.com/ jimmymunro for more information.
We made it with 25 minutes to go in the 24 hours
Battling the weather Jimmy Munro and the team at the top of Ben Nevis
Ready to go Jimmy and his group before the challenge