Sally rises to the challenge

Sally Stevens
Sally Stevens

A Bishopbriggs woman has just completed the daunting challenge of climbing Ben 
Nevis at midnight in aid of dementia patients.

Sally Stevens decided to tackle the highest mountain in the UK by torch – and moonlight – after meeting an old friend suffering the devastating effects of the disease.

The plucky 60-year-old local Slimming World consultant made it to the top and back down again in seven and a half hours - to raise £1,060 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sally said: “The lady was in my class and we both became grandmothers at the same time.

“I hadn’t seen her for a while and when I met her she didn’t recognise me.

“It’s a dreadful disease for the sufferer and the whole family.”

Sally added: “Climbing Ben Nevis has always been on my bucket list of things to do and when I saw the appeal for volunteers, I jumped at the chance.

“It was very eery doing the climb at midnight. We all had headlamps and it was quite a sight to see the lights shining all the way up the mountain.

“It was very well organised though and very safe. It was pitch dark at the top so there was no view but seeing dawn break on the way back down was spectacular.”

Sally trained with husband Gregor for about four months before the big climb.

She said: “The fact that I was being sponsored to do the climb really spurred me on and I would like to thank everyone who donated.”