A FUND-RAISER has successfully hiked the length of Loch Lomond to raise money for a charity working with young people.

Kevin Unitt is a land operations manager and has worked for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority for five years.

He decided to hike 40 miles of the West Highland Way last week to celebrate the trail’s 40th birthday (October 6) as well as raise money for Venture Scotland, a charity which supports vulnerable young people to access outdoor spaces for their mental health.

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He started his long hike in complete darkness in the early hours of the morning and finished just in time for dinner.

He told the Advertiser: “I am very pleased with myself that I managed to complete it because it was very intense. I started just before 4am and finished after 6pm. The first three hours were in the dark, so I had to go over Conic Hill with just a head torch in the rain.

“After that I was met by my wife who was able to provide plasters for my feet and keep me stocked up with Haribos and chocolate for the last part of the journey.”

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Kevin, who lives in Balloch, would like to thank everyone who has supported him.

He managed to raise £1,224 for the charity which will go towards helping young people that live in Dumbarton, the Vale and surrounding area improve their wellbeing through a personal development course based in the outdoors.

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