A BARRHEAD schoolgirl was on a high at the weekend after climbing one of Scotland's tallest peaks in a bold bid to help those affected by cancer.

Nine-year-old Lola-Rose Wood reached the summit of Ben Lomond, in the Trossachs, on Saturday, raising more than £1,500 for the Beatson Cancer Charity in the process.

Her great-grandfather James Stark was diagnosed with the illness in 2018, with his condition worsening in December.

Lola, who is a pupil at Cross Arthurlie Primary, did the climb with her 33-year-old mechanic dad George Wood.

The pair left the family home in Barrhead at 6am to travel to Rowardennan, on the banks of Loch Lomond.

By noon, they had completed the ascent and descent of the 3,200-feet-high Munro.

Lola's proud mum Limara Hill, 32, said: "As it was so cold on the mountain, they didn't want to stop, which is one of the reasons they completed it so quickly.

"The support Lola has had from the people of Barrhead and beyond has been amazing, particularly as she was doing it on the same weekend as the Kiltwalk.

"Her original aim was to raise £200, so she has really smashed her target.

“We are very proud that Lola chose to do such a big climb to raise money for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

“She is such a determined and thoughtful little girl."

Lola's next fundraising target for the Beatson is to walk the West Highland Way next year.

Limara added: "Lola’s great-grandpa, who is my grandpa, has been fighting cancer for over five years, with outstanding support and help from the Beatson.

“In December, his condition got worse and he is now staying at St Margaret’s Hospice, in Clydebank.

“Raising money by climbing Ben Lomond is just a small token of our gratitude."

As well as supporting the cancer charity in honour of her 80-year-old great-grandad, Lola's efforts will also go towards one of her Brownie badges.

Niall Gibson, community and challenges fundraiser at the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We’re so grateful to Lola and her family for their support.

“Every penny raised during challenges like this goes towards supporting other patients and their families across the west of Scotland.”