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Tore brothers Fergus (4) and Robbie (7) to tackle Wee Peaks Challenge in aid of My Name’s Doddie Foundation

By Neil MacPhail

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Fergus (4) and brother Robbie (7) wearing their Doddie Weir outfits.
Fergus (4) and brother Robbie (7) wearing their Doddie Weir outfits.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves hardened hillwalkers attempting to scale the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.

Well now there is the Wee Peaks Challenge, a Highland version being mounted by the Stewart brothers, Robbie 7 and Fergus age 4 from Tore on the Black Isle.

The lads have identified three Highland mountains to take in their youthful stride - and hopefully all within three days early in May.

They are - Day 1 Ben Loyal (2506ft) Day 2 Ben Wyvis (3432ft) Day 3 Stac Pollaidh (2007ft)

And the rugby mad pair are taking on the daunting hikes to raise money for the My Name’s Doddie Foundation, the charity set up in the name of the late, great Scotland internationalist Doddie Weir to raise awareness of the crippling motor neuron disease (MND) that claimed his life.

The lads’ mother Kim said: “In the New Year Robbie and Fergus came up with their very own three peak challenge of aiming to climb three hills in three days, weather and safety permitting.

“My husband David and me plan to be with them and we are aiming to do this the first weekend in May.

“The boys both love playing and watching rugby, and Robbie really looked up to Doddie and his amazingly positive attitude while going through a very tough illness.

“They now want to take some of this inspiration and put it to this challenge, in the hope they might inspire others.

“The boys are no strangers to fundraising events the first being for The Archie Foundation and RLNI, raising just over £1000 for each.

“They are wanting to expand on this for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation so they decided to run a raffle along with the challenge.

“We have been truly overwhelmed by companies generosity and the boys have some exceptional prizes to give away. They include two adult Belladrum Festival tickets, a signed Scotland rugby ball, a signed Glasgow Warriors shirt and so, so many more.

“They have worked hard emailing and handing out letters to collect prizes and it has definitely paid off and the raffle has raised around £500 so far.

“They have over £800 on their Just Giving page.”

The proud mother made it clear that while their aim is for the weekend of May 3 it will be very much weather permitting.

She said: “We are making it clear that this challenge may take longer than three days due to weather and also wanting the boys to really enjoy the experience. If that means adding in a rest day or two I am sure you can understand with the age of the boys this may be needed.”

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