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Mountaineer Ashton Easter will spend his birthday climbing various routes on the north face of Ben Nevis in the hope of raising £2,500 for Parkinson’s UK.
The routes will accumulate to the height of Everest, about 14,000 feet of ascent, 15,000 of descent, and 25km covered.
Parkinson’s UK is an important charity for Edinburgh-based Ashton who formerly lived by Loch Awe, as his stepmother has been suffering with the disease for 12 years.
Having seen the effects of the disease, Ashton said: ‘Nobody deserves to have their future taken from them in such a cruel way.’
Ashton works with the Humanist Association Scotland (HAS), as a celebrant. HAS members already donate 10 per cent of their earnings to charity, however Ashton wants to go above and beyond.
On March 14, the keen winter mountaineer will begin his 48-hour climb, with the routes he will be taking all adding up to roughly the height of Everest from its base camp.
You can support the by donating to his page on the fundraising website Justgiving. Go to: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/ashton-easter