Charity founder ‘humbled’ by Ben Nevis climbers

Beacon lit on mountain for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The founder of a Honiton-based charity joined a party from Help for Heroes to light a beacon for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - on top of Ben Nevis.

Alan Rowe MBE trekked up the mountain with a group of “inspirational” people over the jubilee weekend.

He carried the Baton during the journey and was joined by 14 servicemen from the Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh.

“Hearing some of their individual accounts was humbling,” Mr Rowe told the Midweek Herald.

“We were all encouraged by the piping of Andrew Elliott, formerly of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. It was very motivating as he timed his efforts at just the perfect spots.

“Since I started the Baton project, I have met some amazing people but one of the most memorable is of watching Scott, a former member of the Parachute Regiment, put in one of the most heroic efforts I have ever witnessed.

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“Scott lost both legs in Afghanistan and, with the support of friends, took on Ben Nevis.

“To see the Baton in Scott’s hands seemed so apt and his effort nothing short of Herculean.”

Six volunteers from the Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team carried gas cylinders and the beacon up the mountain.

Money raised by the Help for Heroes Jubilee Challenge will go to personnel recovery centres in Plymouth, Tidworth, Catterick and Colchester.