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Almost there! 10 flights of stairs to go for 90-year-old great-grandmother doing Highland mountain challenge in aid of NHS and hospice

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Margaret Payne is getting closer to the end of her staircase challenge.
Margaret Payne is getting closer to the end of her staircase challenge.

A 90-year-old Highland woman who has embarked on a charity fundraising staircase challenge during the coronavirus lockdown has just 10 flights of stairs to go.

Margaret Payne is aiming to climb the stairs at her Sutherland home 282 times – the equivalent height of 2398ft high mountain, Suilven – to raise money for the NHS, Highland Hospice and RNLI.

As she nears the end of her challenge, she has already raised £418,130 including Gift Aid.

When she began her challenge in April, she aimed to raise £10,000 but her endeavours have captured the hearts of people far and wide and she has also been praised in the Scottish Parliament as well as receiving a letter of congratulations from Prince Charles.

Mrs Payne first reached the summit of Suilven in 1944 at the age of 15, with her elder sister Elizabeth, two friends and dog Snowy, after being evacuated to Lochinver during World War II.

To donate go to Virginmoneygiving.com/MargaretPayneArdvar-SuilvenChallenge

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