A LARGS Primary teacher is on top of the world after conquered Everest in memory of her beloved grandpa.

Pamela Ross, 32, climbed to dizzying heights of base camp on the world's highest peak to raise money for Erskine Care, who cared for her grandfather James in his latter years.

The brave teacher took on the challenge with her dad John, raising an incredible £7,000 between them.

They say the charity's care and compassion 'brought back the man they knew and loved' during his his final years and compelled them to do something in his honour.

James, who was John’s father-in-law and Pamela’s grandpa, was cared for at Erskine Park Home for over three years until his sad passing in December 2016.

Pamela's granny, Anne Shiels, is also being cared for at Erskine's Haig House.

Whilst some enjoyed a relaxing Easter break, Pamela strapped on her climbing boots and backpack and flew to Kathmandu to take on the momentous trek.

Pamela said: "It was definitely the hardest thing I have ever done.

"The sight of the yellow tents on the horizon is one I will never forget.

"The feeling I had when we reached our destination is difficult to put into words but getting to share that moment with my dad is one I will cherish forever."

Having caught the trekking bug on a previous trip to Peru, Pamela had Everest on her bucket list and decided it would be the perfect tribute to James.

Moved by her motive, her dad said he would join her and the avid hillwalkers began six months of training to prepare for the gruelling ascent.

The climb to base camp took eight days of trekking through some of the world's most testing terrain.

The duo climed for 10 to 12 hours every day as they acclimatised to the altitude and change of temperature, which often dropped to minus 20 degrees.

They battled bouts of altitude sickness, potential frostbite and survived on basic rations as they reached heights of 17,600 feet.

Pamels added: "I would like to thank everyone who encouraged and sponsored us from the bottom of my heart.

"Erskine means so much to me and my family and being able to give them this money is amazing.”

John said: “We took on the challenge because we cannot thank Erskine enough for everything they did for James, and are now doing for Anne.

"James was living with dementia but the staff brought back the man we knew due through the love and care he received.

"We wanted to raise money to help Erskine continue to provide exceptional care and we are thrilled to have raised over £7,000 for the charity.

“It was really challenging, the hardest thing I have ever done both physically and mentally, but it was totally exhilarating when we got there.

"It is an amazing achievement and to go through the whole experience with my daughter was really special.”

Having handed over the cheque, the charity have thanked the pair for their heroic effort on behalf of Erskine Veterans.

If you would like to add to John and Pamela’s fundraising total you can donate via their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-ross11