Staff and friends from a Bishopton building firm have scaled new heights to raise more than £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

A team of 21 friends and employees from AFP Construction (Bishopton) Ltd set themselves the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis in memory of two family members who died from heart and circulatory disease.

Company owners Kevin Parker and Fiona Parker-Hedley lost their dad Albert, while their manager Kevin McClafferty also lost his dad, Joe, within weeks of each other. They decided to take on Ben Nevis in aid of the nation’s heart charity and have raised £4,480.

Kevin explained: “Although everyone found the challenge difficult, the money we have raised is going to a really worthwhile cause, helping fund the BHF’s life saving research and we’d like to thank everyone for their generous contributions and support.”

Laura Stockwell, BHF Scotland Fundraising Manager for Glasgow and the West of Scotland, said: “We are so grateful to AFP Construction for supporting BHF Scotland. We have made huge advances in the last sixty years, but sadly more than 17,000 people in Scotland die each year from heart and circulatory diseases. That is why our research is so important. We have some fantastic fundraisers, like the amazing AFP team, who are always prepared to go the extra mile for us and we want to thank them for helping us beat heartbreak forever.”

The BHF is the largest independent funder of research into heart and circulatory diseases in Scotland, conditions which claim the lives of almost 3 in 10 people. The charity is currently investing £66 million in world leading science in Scottish universities, supporting 245 research staff, investigating the prevention and treatment of diseases, like heart failure, stroke and vascular dementia and the risk factors that cause them, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

For more information on the work of BHF Scotland visit www.bhf.org.uk.