Falkirk group hit peaks for Nepal

John Niven with Himalayan guide Tilakh
John Niven with Himalayan guide Tilakh

A group of walkers who trekked in the Himalayas hit the heights again to raise cash for families directly affected by the earthquake in April.

John Niven, a construction manager at Ineos, and his two friends, Alan Malcolm from Redding and Anne Wilson from Livingston, did the Three Peaks Challenge over 35 hours this month.

The challenge consists of climbs of the highest peaks in Britain from Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales – totalling 3407 metres (over 11,000 feet) in combined height.

John and 12 friends walked in the Himalayas in November last year for his 40th birthday reaching the Annpurna Base Camp. On the trip they befriended guides and porters who chaperoned them on their precarious adventure and following the disaster wanted to help them after families lost everything through the earthquake’s devastation.

Through their exertions the trio, who are members of the Tam Bain Walking Group, has managed to raise over £3500 so far and hope to collect more through other fundraising events such as raffling a Kindle Fire.

Father-of-two John said: “The Nepalese are amazing people, very friendly and humble. We really wanted to help the families we got to know as the monsoon season is coming soon over there to help them get houses in place before they come.”