Phil has a hill to climb

Phil Brotherhood is part of a team helping wheelchair user Tim Makinson get to the top of Ben Nevis.
Phil Brotherhood is part of a team helping wheelchair user Tim Makinson get to the top of Ben Nevis.

A NEWTON MEARNS man will be part of a team helping a wheelchair user reach the top of Ben Nevis.

Phil Brotherhood joins his Barclaycard colleagues Frank Bryceland, Lisa Patton, Katrina Fleming, Alistair Roy, Danny Wilson and Joe Thompson in the Bowmore Ben Nevis challenge on August 20.

The 26-year-old will be helping Tim Makinson from Blackpool reach the summit in aid of Capability Scotland.

Phil said: “I know it is going to be tough but with the right training and the support of my team mates, I know we can do it.

“As a team we have already climbed Tinto Hill near Biggar, Old Man Coniston in the Lake district and plan to climb Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi for training before the challenge.

“It is great to be part of a team that includes disabled people and non disabled people working together.

“Hopefully the event will challenge people’s attitudes on disability and show just what is possible.

“Tim is a great guy and when we get him to the top he will be the youngest ever wheelchair user to get there and he is really looking forward to getting this record.

“As well as changing attitudes, I am also hoping the event will raise lots of money for Capability’s work supporting disabled children and adults in school, at home and in work.

The teams will make the climb guided by ex-SAS officer and TV presenter Ken Hames.

Ken was the man behind the original 2008 challenge which saw the UK’s first wheelchair led ascent of Ben Nevis.

This year’s team leaders will be disabled people with a variety of impairments who will have the responsibility of navigating their team to the top.

Suzanne O-Hara, Capability fundraiser, added: “We are delighted Phil has decided to take on this tremendous challenge on our behalf.

“By taking part in this unique event he is not only helping raise valuable funds for Capability but also helping to change the way people think about disability”.

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