Ben Nevis climb raises £2,800 for dog rescue kennel

Stuart Miller of Bunmouth with his spaniel Thorn, who both walked up Ben Nevis to raise money for BARK
Stuart Miller of Bunmouth with his spaniel Thorn, who both walked up Ben Nevis to raise money for BARK

A man from Burnmouth and his dog have raised thousands of pounds for a local animal charity after successfully climbing the highest mountain in Britain.

Stuart Miller and his spaniel Thorn have raised £2856 for Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels after scaling Ben Nevis which stands at 1,344 metres.

Stuart, of Miller Pest Control, admitted that his training schedule wasn’t quite as intense at it could have been.

“I knew when I was about halfway up that I had done all the wrong training. I’d gone for practise walks with Thorn along the cliffs but I should have been going up and down the brae a dozen times at least.

“The last ten minutes or so were really hard-going but it was all so worthwhile for all the money I raised.”

However this isn’t the end for this man and his dog.

After completing Scafell Pike last year and now Ben Nevis, Stuart and Thorn have completed two out of three of the climbs included in the National Three Peak Challenge.

They may not be doing it in 24 hours, but Stuart has plans to take on the final climb, Snowdon, next year.

He said, “Yes next year I think I’ll do Snowdon. Thorn’s just had 12 puppies so I think I’ll take one of those up for company as well.”

Jan Ross from BARK said she was absolutely thrilled with the amount Stuart has managed to raise.

She added: “It’s an overwhelming amount for a charity like us so we were all gob-smacked. There are no concrete plans as to what were going to do with the money yet but we’ve definitely got some ideas.”

Stuart would like to thank everyone who sponsored him, hopefully next year will be just as successful.