A KIND-hearted Largs woman is taking on Goatfell in a birthday challenge to raise funds for a mental health charity in memory of her late friend.

Raynor McKee, 21, will tackle the mountain on Saturday on behalf of the Samaritans.

The sport and fitness student says the loss of a close friend who took her own life set her on a mission to tackle the stigma of mental health.

Raynor explained: “I decided to take on the challenge as a tribute to someone who I lost a few years back.

“This month marks the anniversary of their passing, and I like to use that to celebrate his life and raise awareness of how important it is to look after every aspect of our wellbeing.

“I want to use it as a way to give back as I believe that’s what they would have wanted me to do in their memory.

“Often it can be a sad time of year for myself and others, but I wanted to do something positive this time around."

Raynor hopes a successful ascent this weekend can bring in even more funds.

She said: “I’m feeling really up for the challenge. I've been training hard at the gym and I enjoy pushing my limits.

“Fundraising has been going extremely well. I didn’t expect as many people to donate, so I'm really grateful.

“I had a small goal of £100 but we’re already well beyond that."

The 21-year-old believes it is vital that mental health charities such as Samaritans are backed to help them support those most in need.

Raynor added: “I think the Samaritans is a very important charity. They do amazing work.

“Samaritans are there for people struggling and at their lowest ebb and they advocate the importance of access and ensuring people always have someone there to turn to.

“The mental health crisis in Scotland is at an all-time high, with people struggling with the cost of living and other issues taking a severe toll on everyone.

“I think the work of these charities is more important now than ever, and that’s why I want to raise vital funds to try and help.”

Donations to Raynor’s challenge can be made at www.gofundme.com/f/4mrdx7-climb-for-mental-health