Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson

The daughter of a walker who has been missing for 10 days in the Cairngorms has launched a fundraising page for the mountain rescue team at the centre of the search for him.

Lynn Robertson has accepted she and her family will not see Jim Robertson alive again.

The Glasgow woman said: “Our beloved dad Jim Robertson has been missing in the Cairngorms for over a week.

“We are raising money in his memory, to support the incredible work of the Braemar Mountain Rescue team who have shown our family, especially our dad, such compassion and commitment.

“We are hoping they can return our dear dad’s body home to us soon. Please kindly donate, however little, to our justgiving page to help them in their efforts.”

Ms Robertson’s original target of raising £1,000 has been easily surpassed and at the time of writing more than £5,000 had been donated by just over 200 people.

Searches are continuing and Police Scotland said more rescue teams are expected this weekend to bolster the numbers of mountain rescue team volunteers which have included, as well as the Braemar team, members of the Cairngorm, Aberdeen and Glenmore Lodge teams, plus the Inverness Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

Jim Robertson’s daughter Lynn said it is likely that he left Bob Scott’s Bothy early on the morning of Wednesday 2 March, two days before his 61st birthday. She said: “It is likely that he headed to the second highest mountain in the UK, Ben MacDui.

“It is likely that he has had a tragic accident and has succumbed to the elements somewhere on this mountain.

“Setting up this page is our way of sharing our deepest heartfelt thanks with the volunteers of Braemar MRT and we would be extremely grateful for any donations, no matter how small they may be.

“Sadly our dad will not be the last person to need the help of Braemar MRT. We appreciate that our fundraising goal is high. However the running cost of BMRT is tens of thousands, every year, year after year and all of their work is done on a voluntary basis.

“There are no words to express our feelings of gratitude towards all of those who have been involved in the search thus far. Regardless of the outcome, we are truly overwhelmed by their kindness, compassion and commitment.

“We are now hoping that BMRT can recover our dad’s body and bring him home to us. Once we have him home, we can say our final goodbyes and return our dad to the hills, where he belongs.

“We only wish our dad could see just how much has been done for him. He would be so amazed and deeply moved.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Lynn Robertson’s appeal can do so via her justgiving page.

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