A group of young people, including the son of a Deeside hotel owner, are attempting to climb 283 Scottish Munros in just forty nine days without the use of any motorised transport.
The team from DecAid are attempting to raise money for service charities Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA Forces Help), The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association (BLESMA) and Talking 2 Minds.
Cited by explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes as “one of the most demanding physical challenges within the UK”, the team will be running and cycling on average thirty six miles every day and are hoping to raise £80,000 from the challenge.
It closely follows the DecAid launch event in Edinburgh which was attended by Patron HRH The Duchess of Rothesay.
The DecAid Team are mostly current or former members of Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC) which draws its membership from Exeter and Plymouth Universities. All members are under the age of twenty five and none of them are paid for their work.
Henry Snell, whose parents own the Inver Hotel in Crathie, is one of those members who got involved while at EUOTC.
“I was first approached about eighteen months ago when my friends Rupert and Tom told me they were going to climb the Munros,” he said. “At first it was only going to them but the idea just kept getting bigger and more popular and it is now a full-time task organising all these events.”
Henry was asked if he would be willing to take charge of the Light for Life ceremony which will be a memorial service held in Salisbury Cathedral for the soldiers in Afghanistan.
Henry (pictured) said: “The service is our chance to remember and give thanks to all those who have made such great sacrifices in this war.”
Henry took part in the first few days of the Munro Mission but had to leave due to work commitments in Croatia.
“It is a monumental effort by all members of the group. It is demoralising walking through the rain and fog and from what I’ve heard the conditions have worsened since I left. However, I’m sure there is still a great spirit in the camp.”
Henry’s mother Susan hosted a reception for the Munro Mission group on Wednesday and she said she was delighted to offer any help she could.
“It will be the first time they have had a proper bed since they started the challenge. A lot of people don’t appreciate the scale of the challenge these young people are taking on. I am deeply honoured and proud of what they are doing and it is a privilege to help them.”
The team will complete the challenge on September 18, finishing on the summit of Ben Hope, the most northern Munro
More details can be found at http://www.decaid.co.uk where it is also possible to donate.