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Landowner Anders Holch Povlsen gives £4k to mountain rescue team in memory of climbers Steve Perry and Andy Nisbet, who died on Ben Hope


By Mike Merritt

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Adele Perry (centre) with Assynt Mountain Rescue Team members who joined her.
Adele Perry (centre) with Assynt Mountain Rescue Team members who joined her.

Glenfeshie’s billionaire laird Anders Holch Povlsen has given £4000 to a mountain rescue team after being moved by the inspiring climb of the daughter of one of Scotland’s most famous mountaineers who died in a double tragedy.

Even more emotionally, Adele Perry (24) made the trek up Ben Hope in Sutherland on the first anniversary of the heart-breaking accident that claimed her father Steve and his friend Andy Nisbet, from Boat of Garten.

She scattered some of her father’s ashes at the summit as part of her poignant tribute on Wednesday, February 5.

Father-of-three Steve (47), who lived at Dalcross near Inverness, was killed on February 5, last year, along with Andy (65), fondly known as the Goat of Barten, Honey Monster and The Droid.

The pair got into severe difficulty on 3041ft Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro which is located on an estate owned by Mr Povlsen.

Scotland’s largest landowner and his wife Anne tragically lost three of their four children in last Easter’s Sri Lankan bombings.

Adele marked the first anniversary of her own tragedy on Wednesday by scaling Ben Hope with some of the rescuers who tried to save her father and Andy.

Adele back at the bottom of Ben Hope after her emotional ascent.
Adele back at the bottom of Ben Hope after her emotional ascent.

Now Mr Povlsen’s company Wildland Ltd has given £4000 to Adele’s crowdfunder for Assynt Mountain Rescue Team which was one of the groups of rescuers that tried to save Steve.

The couple have also written their own private correspondence to Adele.

In making the donation, the Aviemore-based company stated: “We are inspired by your actions and further to the personal letter from Anne and Anders Holch Povlsen, Wildland Limited makes this donation in memory of your father and Andy.”

Adele said: “I was gobsmacked. It came out of the blue. I just want to thank everybody who has donated, no matter how large or small. This is the icing on the cake though.

“It was a tough and emotional day, but dad is home now.”

The bodies of the climbers were recovered after a two-day operation involving nearly 50 members of mountain rescue teams and two coastguard helicopters.

Adele was raising money for two of the mountain rescue teams whose members risked their own lives to try and save the pair – the other being Dundonnell MRT.


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