Climbing Ben Nevis to celebrate 10 years in the all clear

Chris and Cherlene O'Donnell who have organised the Ben Nevis climb.
Chris and Cherlene O'Donnell who have organised the Ben Nevis climb.

A group of people from Carrick are planning to tackle Britain’s highest summit this Sunday in order to raise funds to help beat cancer.

Chris O’Donnell and his wife Cherlene along with friends and family are going to tackle Ben Nevis on Sunday 25th May to raise as much money as they can for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

The group are doing the climb to celebrate Cherlene being ten years in remission from cancer.

During her illness, she received treatment at the Beatson Centre, which treats cancer sufferers from all over the West of Scotland.

Chris says he and the group are climbing the mountain which stands at 1,344 metres tall to say thanks to the centre for the work that they do.

He said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for everything they do by having this charity climb and raising as much money as possible.

“We all have friends and family who have been affected in so many different ways and locally it is the Beatson who are on the front line against cancer.”

Cherlene was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in January 2003 which is a form of cancer that can start in both bone or soft tissues.

Charlene had been living in Ireland at the time she had started to feel unwell and it was on a family holiday back in Ayrshire that she was diagnosed with cancer after collapsing.

Her family and friends feared the worst on waiting for the test results after finding another lump in her stomach but there was joy when she was found to be in remission.

Her battle with cancer was shown in a BBC documentary in March 2004 entitled ‘Tales from the Edge’ which showed reactions from her friends and family as well as previously highlighting her battle with the illness.

You can donate to the fundraising efforts at or fill in sponsor sheets that can be found at Carrick Bookmakers, Aroma’s Deli or the Athletic Tavern pub all of which are situated in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street.