A SUPER-FIT Ayrshire dad has climbed Goatfell three times in one day to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

Kevin Brown took on the monumental task after being challenged by other members of the Fit Ayrshire Dads group, which he founded.

The 40-year-old was joined by almost 30 members of the 1,500-strong group who also completed the climb one time, whilst he raced past them on his way up and down the Corbett during his triple-challenge.

It took Kevin seven hours to complete the 30km triple climb and all proceeds will go to SAMH.

Kevin said: “It was an emotional challenge having nearly 30 of my Fit Ayrshire Dad’s up there walking the hill one time and supporting me all the way many of them for their first time.

“I’ve never done anything like this and feel although I am really sore now I managed it in a good time. My wife and daughter made a surprise visit over which really pushed me on the final assent. Seeing the boys and my family at the bottom made my day and I’ll never forget it.”

Kevin says he hopes to make a difference to men’s mental health in the future and hope the money will go a long way in preventing suicides in young men.

He said: “The message is simple. Too many people are taking their own lives and too many people are struggling with mental health issues.

“We have to stop this and we have to learn to speak out when we are struggling. People need to find someone, anyone and talk and if you think for a second someone isn’t coping please ask them and be the person that is there for them. We need to stop this.”

All proceeds from Kevin for his Goatfell triple climb will go to SAMH – the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

To sponsor Kevin visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-brown53