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Sutherland fundraiser Margaret Payne (90) is a third of the way up in her staircase bid to climb Suilven and raise money for the NHS and the Highland Hospice


By Caroline McMorran

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SHE has had two knee replacements and walks with a stick but Sutherland 90-year-old Margaret Payne is doggedly continuing her fundraising climb in aid of the NHS and Highland Hospice.

Margaret Payne at her Ardvar home.
Margaret Payne at her Ardvar home.

And a determined Mrs Payne, of Ardvar, Assynt, has reached a landmark in her bid to ascend her 17-step staircase until she has reached the equivalent height of nearby iconic mountain, 2398ft Suilven.

She calculated it would take 282 climbs and yesterday she notched up 100 ascents of her stairs – meaning she is now more than one-third of the way up Suilven.

Highland Hospice posted on its social media page: “Well done Margaret!”.

The OAP has said she is spurred on by her gratitude to the health service for looking after her husband Jim, who died on Christmas day last year.

She set herself a fundraising target of £10,000 and so far she had raised an amazing £321,916 by Tuesday morning.

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Climbing challenge nears £200,000 mark.

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