Duo raise £8,000 climbing Ben Nevis

An intrepid duo of meat industry veterans have raised nearly £8,000 for charity by completing a climb of Ben Nevis this week.

Jim Royan and Alistair Donaldson conquered the peak – Scotland’s tallest – on behalf of the RSABI (formerly the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution) and the Worshipful Company of Butchers Master’s Charity (Farms for City Children).

The climb, called the Butcher Boys 100 Challenge, celebrated their combined 100 years’ service to the Scottish meat industry, drawing widespread support from across the farming and meat sectors.

Royan is the proprietor of Scotland’s oldest family butcher’s shop, Royans of Elgin, which has been family-run for more than 150 years. He was the youngest president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Associations (SAMW) in the early ‘70s, an MLC commissioner for 17 years and most recently a QMS board member for three years.

Donaldson has been involved in the industry for 53 years – including 30 with MLC, two as a technical director of QMS, six years as executive manager of SAMW, then three years as a QMS board member. He is currently on the Scottish government review team looking at the Scottish functions of the Food Standards Agency, including the delivery of meat inspection.

However, the industry can still support the duo by visiting their sponsorship page at www.rsabi.org.uk/2391. There is also a Butcher Boys’ blog on http://butcherboys100challenge.blogspot.com.