Ben Nevis tackled to aid mine recovery mission

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THE family of a young St Andrews man who was one of the victims of last year’s mine disaster in New Zealand have paid tribute to people from all over Scotland supporting a fundraising campaign to help finance the recovery mission of the men’s bodies.

Malcolm Campbell (25), a former pupil of Madras College, was one of 29 men who lost their lives in the explosions which ripped through the coal mine at Pike River. Another victim was 40-year-old Peter Rodger from Perth.

In New Zealand, efforts are ongoing in a bid to retrieve the bodies of all the men killed in the tragedy and Malcolm’s mum, Jane, said: ”They are still working hard at the mine.

‘‘One seal is in place and now Mines and Rescue are hoping to walk as far as the rock fall with breathing apparatus.

“This way they can then determine how to proceed and how bad the rock fall is, so it’s now just a waiting game.”

Jane and her husband. Malcolm, have also given heartfelt thanks to people from all over the country who have backed the campaign to raise money to help finance the recovery work at the coal mine.

INITIATIVE

In the latest initiative the Campbell family were among a group of 11 people from St Andrews who took part in a sponsored walk up Ben Nevis and were joined by 15 friends of Peter Rodger in the effort.

Jane added: ‘‘The ages of those who were involved ranged from 15 to 69 years and we think we have raised around £3000.

“The people of St Andrews, in fact Scotland, have been amazing with all their sponsorship and donations.”

Meanwhile, the Campbell family are holding an indoor car boot sale at the Kilrymont Road building of Madras College, St Andrews, on September 3 from 10am until 3pm.

It will also include home baking and tombola stalls.