Gamekeepers swapped estate tweeds for mankinis to climb a Munro in aid of Cancer Research, with £2,000 raised to date.
Highland walkers enjoying a hike up Mount Keen must have thought they were hallucinating when they spotted a group of burly men standing at the top wearing pink Borat-style mankinis.
It was in fact no vision, but the reality of a group of gamekeepers, who raised a solid £2,000 for Cancer Research as a result of their cheeky charity walk on Saturday, 12 May.
Surprise and amusement of other walkers
Twenty-one keepers from the Angus Glens Moorland Group took part, dressing more traditionally for the 3,081ft climb before stripping down to skintight mankinis at the summit, much to the surprise and amusement of other walkers.
Keeper Neal Annand, who took part, said: “I think Amazon must be wondering what is going on in the glens of Angus because they have had lots of online orders for pink mankinis in the past few weeks.
“Gamekeepers might not be the kind of people traditionally associated with dressing up like this, stuck up in the hills all day, but it was a great way to get together, have a blether and a laugh and raise some cash at the same time.”
Raising money for an important cause
Neal’s wife Samantha added: “The idea initially came about mainly because we wanted to do something different. Loss from cancer doesn’t get any easier and, unfortunately, many of our friends have been affected too. Quite a few of the boys who took part in the walk have experienced the loss of loved ones but this was a great way to raise money for such an important cause. Hopefully we didn’t scare too many sheep or Munro bloggers.”
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Samantha and her sister lost both parents to cancer and they have been raising money since, to a total of almost £20,000.