No mountain too high for mum raising funds in memory of her son

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A Drighlington mum has taken on Britain’s biggest mountain and its tumultuous weather to raise money in memory of her late son.

Maureen Harris scaled the heights of Ben Nevis on September 12 to fundraise for Support and Care After Road Death and Injury (SCARD) - a counselling service for bereaved people whose loved ones have lost their lives on the roads.

Maureen’s son, Robert tragically died in a road accident at the age of 21 in the year 2000.

Despite horrendous conditions, Maureen bravely persevered with the 1,344m ascent with her work colleague who was raising money for mental health charity Mind.

Maureen, who works for the NHS, said: “I feel fantastic having done it.

“There were treacherous conditions up there - the wind got up to 75 miles per hour at one point and it took us about five hours in total.

“There were groups turning around and going back down near the top but we had a really good guide who said ‘Come on, let’s get up there’. We did and we were hanging on to each other towards the end just stay upright.

Maureen says she is unsure of the exact amount she has raised but will reveal the final total when she has totted up the donations at the end of the week.

She added: “If it wasn’t my son’s charity, I’d have come down but I’m so pleased to have done it. I feel it’s quite an achievement.”