Charity walk for Kintail MRT raises £9,000

Over £9,000 has been raised for Kintail Mountain Rescue Team as a gesture of thanks from the friend of a man who died while walking in Glen Shiel two years ago.

Gus Stewart (66) presented Kintail MRT with a cheque for £9,000 last week in Inverness after walking 175 miles in 10 days from Milngavie to Inverness, traversing the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way.

Two years ago on Tuesday of this week Mr Stewart was walking The Brothers in Glen Shiel with his friend Tom Clark when they slipped on rocks, and Mr Clark fell down the hillside. Mr Stewart was able to raise the alarm and Kintail MRT were involved in the search, eventually retrieving the body of Mr Clark.

Mr Stewart said: “After I raised the alert the Kintail team were there, working through the evening until they found Tom, and I wanted to do something to thank them.”

A consultant surveyor with Aberdeen-based Ryden, Mr Stewart convinced the firm to take on Kintail MRT as their charity of the year and over £9,000 has now been raised. “It is easing towards £10,000, double what I originally hoped to get,” Mr Stewart said.

Chris Nixon, leader of Kintail MRT, said: “Kintail Mountain Rescue are absolutely delighted with what Gus has done. The amount raised is brilliant and will be used to further our aim to redevelop our base at Morvich. We can only thank Gus and everyone who has contributed, especially Tom Clark’s family and friends to whom we extend out heartfelt sympathy.”

If you would like to make a donation, see www.justgiving.com/gus-stewart.