Dad to climb Ever­est equiv­a­lent in mem­ory of son

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A fa­ther is set­ting out to climb a to­tal height equiv­a­lent to sum­mit­ing Mount Ever­est to raise funds to build a bothy in mem­ory of his out­doors-lov­ing son.

Olly Jones, 12, was fa­tally hit by a car in In­nel­lan, near Dunoon, Ar­gyll and Bute, in 2016 while re­turn­ing home from school.

His par­ents Martin and Sam were helped through their grief by friends and fam­ily of­fer­ing them the chance to get away for a break and they now want to cre­ate a ded­i­cated re­treat for peo­ple fac­ing sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

They formed a char­ity named Olly’s Wee Bothy and plan to build ac­com­mo­da­tion some­where near Dunoon with more than £20,000 al­ready raised for the project.

In the lat­est fundrais­ing drive, Mr Jones, a law lec­turer at Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity, now aims to climb Mount Ever­est – but with­out leav­ing Ar­gyll and Bute.

Start­ing to­mor­row, he will hike lo­cal land­mark the Bishop’s Seat 18 times over six days, cov­er­ing a lit­tle more than the 8,848-me­tre height of Ever­est.

The event has been well s u p p o r t e d b y t h e com­mu­nity and Mr Jones is us­ing bunkhouse Pucks Rest as his “base­camp” for the hike rather than re­turn­ing home each day.

He said: “The idea of the char­ity is for par­ents like us who suf­fer the death of a child to pro­vide some sup­port in the sense that they have some­where to es­cape to.”

He added: “Olly was a fun-lov­ing en­er­getic out­doors sort of boy – he loved camp­ing, sail­ing and be­ing in the hills.”

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