Bingo at The View raises £250 for musicians who climbed Ben Nevis

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Last week’s charity bingo at The View raised £250 for the The Mass Height Organ Fight – a fundraiser set up by a group of Oban musicians.

The group carried their guitars up Ben Nevis and performed a Frightened Rabbit song in honour of the band’s front man, Scott Hutchison, who died suddenly last year.

With the £250 from The View, the total raised is more than £3,000 to help ‘make tiny changes to earth’.

The money will be split between three charities – CALM, Martyns Monday Club, and The Scott Hutchison Fund.

Andy Bruce, who was part of the climb, said: ‘We all had different reason’s for getting involved and doing the climb. It was tough, especially with the guitars, though not heavy they were awkward, but they definitely got us recognised by a few people – some even gave us donations on the way.

‘When we eventually all arrived at the summit the visibility was very poor and it was very damp and cold, so we decided to play the song in the emergency shelter at the ruined observatory, which is probably the highest point and made it even more personal.

‘We can’t thank those that donated enough. They have really have made a difference to these charities and the people who benefit from them. We would also like to thank The View in Oban who organised the charity bingo night and helped push us over our target.’

The video of the lads’ performance on the Ben can be seen on youtube – Mass Height Organ Fight – Head rolls off – Ben Nevis 2019.

The charity bingo nights at The View have now helped raise £4,900 for 10 charities, so far.

The next event will be held this Friday August 2 in aid of SiMBA, which helps families who have suffered the loss of a baby. It will run from 7pm until 9pm.