Alison and friends Ben Nevis-bound

Four Angus employees of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, including one from Montrose, are putting their best foot forward for charity.

They will pull on their hiking boots tomorrow (Thursday) for the ‘Trek the Ben’ fund-raising climb in support of Help the Hospices – the UK’s leading charity for hospice care.

A total of 93 participants, including the four in Angus, will take part in the challenge to climb Ben Nevis - the highest point on the British Isles, at 1,343m above sea level.

Alison Lumgair (45) from Montrose works as a bank manager in Clydesdale Bank’s Dundee branch and will be taking part in the event alongside Steven Linnen (50) from Monifieth, Pamela Ross (45) from Carnoustie and Cheryl Jamieson (23) from Arbroath, along with Help the Hospices Chief Executive David Praill and senior staff at the banks.

Alison said: “It’s great to be setting off to climb Ben Nevis alongside my colleagues for the benefit of an extremely worthwhile cause.

“I have no doubt it will be a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to raise much needed funds for Help the Hospices at the same time.

“The bank is supporting us by match funding every penny raised which will be a great motivation when the climb becomes physically challenging.”

The trek will last up to eight hours and see the group tackling rough terrain, steep climbs, snowy ground and finally crossing the boulder field to the summit cairn.