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Spider–man, Batman and Hulk climb Ben Nevis to raise awareness for mental health

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Spider–man, Batman and Hulk at the top of Ben Nevis
Spider–man, Batman and Hulk at the top of Ben Nevis

A trio of Highland superheroes climbed Ben Nevis this week to raise funds and awareness of mental health.

Gordon Mackay (36) from Brora dressed up as Spider-man for the ascent, and was joined by Hulk, Donnie Maclean from Inverness, and Batman, Lyle Mackay from Tain.

Gordon started fundraising a few months ago for the walk, and has raised nearly £3000 for Mikeysline, a local charity aimed at suicide prevention.

The team started the walk at 4am on July 2, to avoid crowds and a weather front coming in. And within three hours the superhero group were at the top of the UK's highest mountain.

Mikeysline is an Inverness based charity founded in 2015, which works to help those in need across the Highlands, offering confidential support for those in emotional distress or suffering from mental health issues.

The total funds raised for the Ben Nevis climb was £2900. But as much as Spider-man wishes to raise money for the charity, he also wants to raise awareness for mental health.

Gordon said: "It was a great day and so much support by fellow hill walkers. The reason I chose Mikeysline is because I’ve lost friends through suicide. There’s so many people out there that are struggling, especially young people. Men’s mental health is also a massive concern up here in the Highlands, men out there need to speak and realise it’s ok not to be ok."

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