Brothers’ challenge is in the bag

Donations to Alex and James's appeal can be made at
Donations to Alex and James's appeal can be made at

Two Kirriemuir brothers are preparing to live the high life for a week to help raise funds for a children’s charity.

But five star accommodation will be furthest from the truth for Alex Robbie and his soldier brother James as they rough it on Ben Nevis in aid of the ARCHIE Foundation.

The charity mountaineers will scale the peak this Sunday (August 2) and hope to collect donations from other climbers during their adventure to boost their fund-raising efforts.

They will have a taste of home during their week, however, as equally intrepid members of communtiy group DD8 Music will climb the mountain to perform Britain’s highest acoustics gig on the summit.

Technician Alex, 35, who is normally found under a bonnet at Clark Commercials Aberdeen in Dyce, is a regular fund-raiser, previously scaling Kilimanjaro and leading a group of 30 first-time climbers up Ben Nevis in aid of worthy causes, but felt he needed a tougher challenge for his latest charity venture.

He said: “I like to take on tough challenges that will ultimately help others and camping on Ben Nevis for a week sounded like a crazy but achievable idea.

“We have enlisted family, friends and my brother’s army colleagues to help carry our kit up the mountain and my employers, Clark Commercials, are providing a Volkswagen Transporter as a support vehicle.

“There is likely to be snow on the summit so we plan to sleep in the emergency shelter but if that’s not available we will have our expedition sleeping bags, survival bags, freeze dried meals and appropriate mountaineering clothing to keep us safe as we rough it under the stars.”

Rob McWilliam, head of business at Clark Commercials Aberdeen, added: “We are certainly not surprised that Alex has taken on this challenge given his past achievements. The John Clark Group, who we are part of, chose the ARCHIE Foundation as its nominated charity.”