A group of hikers found a note written to ‘daddy in heaven’ at the top of the highest mountain in Scotland.
Personal trainer Gemma Mackie found the letter at the summit of Ben Nevis.
It was written by a child and placed at the peak of the mountain to “be nearer” his late father, Edward McEwan.
Gemma, 35, read the note out to her fitness group and some were seen in floods of tears, the Daily Record reports.
It read: “For my daddy Edward McEwan in heaven.
“I am here. I was brought up Ben Nevis by Sam. His mummy was a very good friend.
“I made it to the top to be nearer to you in heaven. I will make you so proud.
“Teddie and me will look after mummy for you.”
Posting the pictures on the Scottish Hill Walking and Wild Camping Facebook page Gemma said: “Came across this at Ben Nevis summit Trig Point. I read it aloud and got very emotional as did some of the group.
“Whoever this wee boy is, your daddy will be very proud of you xxx”
It has since been revealed that little Eddie’s father died before the youngster was born.
Before he passed away Edward had spoken about his desire to “achieve things” – and one of those was to climb Ben Nevis with his son.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the 35-year-old from Cambuslang has said she had a ‘lump in her throat’ as she learned the heartbreaking story behind the note.
Gemma’s fitness group
She said: “It was right at the very top of Ben Nevis on the triangulation point where everyone gets their photos taken.
“The funny thing was there were fourteen of us and a few girls had got to the top first but hadn’t actually seen it.
“I went up to get my picture taken and that’s when I saw a sealed plastic polly pocket and I opened it up and looked into it and there was a camouflage army baby grow.
“There was also a laminated card, on one side was the wee baby Eddie and on the other side it was a note from him to his dad about how one day he’ll do Nevis.
“As I was standing there and opened it something came over me because you’re already pretty emotional and overwhelmed when you climb Nevis.
“I turned it over and read it aloud. I don’t know why because usually it’s something you would read to yourself.
“I could barely get through it without a lump in my throat and looked down and everyone listening was emotional. It was just very overwhelming understanding the story behind it.”
Gemma’s post about the note was liked over 1,600 times and Edward’s partner Christine Kelly, from Glasgow, even spotted it.
Christine explained in a comment: “Thank you for your lovely post Gemma, I am so happy this card of baby Eddie is still up there.
“Edward is my two boys’ dad (Teddie & Eddie) & my boyfriend. Eddie arrived after his daddy died so he never got a chance to meet him.
“On a note Edward had written before he passed he wrote how he wanted to achieve things and one of them was he wanted to climb Ben Nevis with his son.
“His amazing family and friends fulfilled his wish for him and climbed Ben Nevis 12th June 2021 just four months after his passing.
“They all made it to the top for him and his boys and managed to raise Over £15000 for mental health charities in Scotland. One day next year I hope to conquer Ben Nevis. Then eventually his two baby boys.
“Edward McEwan 1992-2021 forever missed.”
Edward’s story touched dozens of hillwalkers on the Facebook page as comments flooded in.
One person said: “How very lovely of you to share this, what a gorgeous heartwarming story in the face of such devastating loss. Very best wishes to Christine and family.”