Margaret Payne


During lockdown, 90 year old Margaret completed a "Suilven Challenge" which saw her climb the equivalent of Suilven on her stairs. She climbed 282 times over 73 days or 10 weeks. During that time Margaret raised £434,562 for NHS, NHS Highlands, Highland Hospice and RNLI, with more than half of this coming back into the Highlands.

During the challenge the idea of creating a two bed facility in Lochinver, at the Assynt Medical Centre was born, currently nicknamed "the Ardvar Suite", that aspect of the fundraiser became more and more important. To that end a working committee has been formed to try and provide a much needed facility in the West of Sutherland so that not all patients have to travel to Raigmore for treatments, that could be dealt with in the West.