Published: 14/04/2007 00:00 - Updated: 29/11/2011 17:13

Steve conquers African peak – for Scottish charity

Steve Barron at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Steve Barron at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A NORTH man has raised thousands of pounds for a charity which cares for ex-servicemen and women by climbing Africa's highest peak. Steve Barron (48), from Inverness, conquered the challenging six-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Erskine Hospital. Steve who is the managing director of Robertson Facilities Management, endured searing heat and plummeting temperatures as well as exhaustion and altitude sickness to raise £2,000 for the centre that provides valuable support for former members of the armed forces. Steve, whose company provides staff and building management services for Erskine, described the pursuit to the top of the volcanic peak as exhilarating and completely unforgettable. And he was pleased when Robertson Group executive chairman Bill Robertson recognised his colossal feat by doubling his fundraising figure to £4,000. Steve said: "Robertson FM has been working with Erskine for two years now and I have always been hugely impressed by its efforts in providing first-class care for ex-service men and women. "As MD of a company that works in partnership with Erskine, I felt it was appropriate to support this cause. And it is pleasing that the organisation has once again demonstrated this by matching my sponsorship total." Erskine chief executive Colonel Martin Gibson said: "Steve's commitment to raising much needed funds for Erskine was fantastic. As demand for Erskine's care increases from veterans, young and old, we are heavily reliant on voluntary support."

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