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Auntie inspires virtual Ben Nevis Trek Challenge

Eve and Murren stood in their school before their fundraising challenge. A tally chart of Ben Nevis laps in the background.

Two Livingston students, were inspired to tackle Scotland’s highest mountain virtually in support of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, a charity close to their hearts.

17 year old Eve Robertson, whose Auntie Shona, has spina bifida, came up with the twist on the standard Ben Nevis Trek Challenge with best friend Murren Binnie. They made a plan to walk up and down the Dean Community High School Stairs 500 times until they’d covered the 1,345 metres which they’d have walked to reach the Ben Nevis peak. In doing so they raised £629.00 for SBH Scotland.

Eve said, “Murren and I really wanted to raise money for a worthwhile cause and because of my Auntie we were aware of the great work that SBH Scotland do. Murren and I both love walking so this seemed like a great challenge for us. We’re so grateful to our school, friends and family for all of their support on the day and during the planning stages.

Eve and Murren in action; running up and down their school stairwells

She continued, “The 500 laps of the school stairs took us less time than expected so we actually decided to double the challenge to 1000 laps – I guess you could say we walked up Ben Nevis twice!

Mrs Alison, Head Teacher of Dean Community High School said, ”Everyone at the school is extremely proud of Eve and Murren, not only for raising money but also for raising awareness of the conditions they’re supporting.”

SBH Scotland was formed in 1965 by a group of parents who each had a child with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Over 55 years later, the charity now supports over 4,000 children, young people, adults, their family members and carers across Scotland with a personalised service of support workers, groups, health check clinics, a respite cottage, play sessions, workshops and helpline.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said; “We’re incredibly grateful to Eve and Murren for their active support. We’d like to thank them and all those who kindly donated. Donations continue to mean more than they ever have as we support families through uncertain times. Each pound donated assists us in being there for anyone affected by these lifelong, complex disabilities at a time when they need us the most.”

If you’d like to follow in Eve and Murren’s footsteps and take part in a fundraising challenge please contact Lynsey Hamilton, Fundraising Manager, on 03455 211 600 or email.

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