Bruce Russell, a director of Aberdeen-based recruitment specialist Right People, would scale any heights to raise funds for local charity Charlie House.
He has successfully completed his 50 in 150 Challenge, climbing 50 Munros within 150 days, three weeks ahead of schedule by scaling Carn an Tuirc, near Braemar, on Sunday.
Bruce also exceeded his fundraising target of £1,000, raising more than £1,400 for Charlie House, a local children’s charity which supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the North-east of Scotland.
Since beginning the challenge at the end of March, Bruce has walked 220 miles and, with a total ascent of 28,250m has scaled the equivalent of Everest (8848m) more than three times over.
Accompanying him on many of his climbs were his wife Clare and Charlie Dog, the charity’s fluffy toy mascot. A keen hillwalker, Bruce said he was elated to have completed his 50 in 150 fundraiser.
He said: “This was a much bigger challenge than I expected but the thought of those who would benefit kept me going.
“It’s such a worthwhile cause I’m delighted I could contribute. After climbing Munros right across Scotland it was nice to finish up relatively close to home. I was delighted to complete the challenge at the weekend and would like to thank everyone who has supported me.”
Kirsty Walker, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Charlie House, said: “What a fantastic achievement. We can’t thank Bruce enough for what he has done. He’s basically devoted much of his free time over the past four months to support our appeal to raise £8million to build a specialist support centre. His contribution will make a huge difference to the lives of many children and young people in the North-east of Scotland.”
Right People is a leader in accountancy, IT, sales and marketing and office support recruitment for North-east based companies. Bruce has scaled 240 of the 282 Munros and hopes to complete them all before the end of 2021.
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