Dad to climb Everest equivalent in memory of son
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.”