Scaling new heights for Maggie’s Fife

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A group of four friends are set to scale new heights to raise funds for our Maggie’s Centre.

Fundraising board member Brian Munro will be joined by Stephen Luff and father and son Peter and Scott Baxter, in an attempt to scale Europe’s highest peak - Mont Blanc in Alps.

Stephen Luff , Peter Baxter, and Brian Munro who are set to climb Switzerland's Mont Blanc, with Maggie's Fife community fundraiser, Tu Edwards

Stephen Luff , Peter Baxter, and Brian Munro who are set to climb Switzerland's Mont Blanc, with Maggie's Fife community fundraiser, Tu Edwards

Brian, operations director at Fife Group Ltd., previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 with Peter and his wife Ann, raising over £11,000 for the cancer care centre - a figure they hope to top.

“We can by no means be described as mountaineers!” said Brian, “more just four guys of ‘varying vintages’ from Kirkcaldy who want to do something adventurous and at the same time raise some money for a cause close to our hearts.

“Having lost my own mum to cancer some 30 plus years ago when she was only 46 and having to go through all of the emotions of feeling helpless, afraid and that we were the only ones going through this type of devastation in our lives, it would have been a tremendous help if there had been a place such as Maggie’s where myself and the rest of my family could have gone to chat and share our thoughts and fears with others who were going through the same experience.”

Despite having climbed before, Brain expects Mont Blanc’s 4810 metres to be tough.

“There are deaths on Mont Blanc every year,” he said.

“And on the busiest weekends, normally around August when we are climbing, the local rescue service performs an average of 12 missions, mostly directed towards people in trouble on one of the normal routes of the mountain.

“This challenge will not be taken lightly and I ask people to dig deep to support me and Maggie’s.”

“I realise that in these difficult financial times it is hard to give to charities, but any amount people can give would be greatly appreciated.”

To donate you can send a cheque made payable to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre to Fife Group Ltd, Frances Ind Park, Wemyss Road, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2XZ or donate online at www.justgiving.com/Brian-Munro1.

Mont Blanc

The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc was on 8 August 1786 by Jacques Balmat and the doctor Michel Paccard.

This climb marks the start of modern mountaineering.

The first woman to reach the summit was Marie Paradis in 1808.

Now the summit is ascended by an average 20,000 mountaineer-tourists each year.

There are difficult routes that require knowledge of high-altitude mountaineering, and proper equipment.