Stenhousemuir’s Alex makes it to the top and vows efforts will go on

The fundraising team
The fundraising team

A businessman who vowed to conquer Ben Nevis while he was receiving chemotherapy last year has raised over £5500 from the feat.

Stenhousemuir’s Alex Johnston (38), was diagnosed with soft cell cancer in 2010 and spent the next 12 months getting treatment.

It was during that time that he set priorities, realising what was important in life.

The dad-of-two said: “I always said I would climb Ben Nevis but kept putting it off and putting it off. But when I was diagnosed, my brother David and I decided we would do it. From there it grew arms and legs, and friends and family wanted to do it with me.

“It was then I realised it could be a great opportunity to raise money and give something back to the Beatson, because the care they give is incredible.”

A 26-strong team, including Alex’s wife Krysta, set out on August 24 to scale the peak, with 19 making it to the top.

Alex, company director at plant hire firm Your Equipment Solutions in Grangemouth, achieved his target in five-and-a-half hours, and said it was a great experience.

He said: “We are going to make it an annual event, doing something different every year. I think we’ll eventually raise close to £6000 for this year’s event and every penny will be going to the Beatson.”

The Falkirk Herald first featured Alex’s story in March.

Back then, he explained how he’d been through an awful time after being diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma.

However, it was an experience that put everything in perspective.

He said: “I was receiving treatment and was sitting thinking about what I had really done with my life.

“I’d always wanted to climb Ben Nevis and I said to myself that if I got through, I would do it.”