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Community / Fundraiser scales Sandness Hill more than 40 times to complete ‘Everest’ challenge

Alan Robertson was joined by 18 people of all ages from Sandness and beyond for the final climb on 23 December. Back row (left to right): Michael Peterson, Brydon Nichols, Sorley Johnston, Daniel Owen, Alan Rolfe, Brian Ashley, Alex Grant, Charlie Hinchliffe, Jo Barrett, Janet Wilkes, John Uttley, Alan Robertson. Front row (left to right) Drew Peterson, Ailsa MacBeath, Elsie Peterson, Fraser Mount, Jan Wirrman, Erin MacBeath, Peter Hinchliffe.

A FUNDRAISER who walked up the Sandness Hill 43 times – the equivalent of a trek up Mount Everest – finished his challenge a couple of days before Christmas.

Alan Robertson was joined by 18 people of all ages from Sandness and beyond for the final climb on 23 December.

He has raised nearly £2,000 for the Sandness Community Development organisation.

Speaking about the final trek up the hill, Robertson said: “It was an appropriately cold day with snow lying and a light north wind, the climb was followed with hot drinks and mince pies at Turriefield.

“It was a splendid end to what has been an enjoyable fundraising activity and there was talk of making the group climb an annual festive event.”

Robertson added that he was “very grateful to everybody who has donated”.

The online donations page will be kept open until 7 January.

Sandness Community Development aims to improve Sandness as a place to live and visit.

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