A novel way to have your Sunday dinner drew a very large crowd up Errigal Mountain at the weekend, all in the name of a good cause.
Letterkenny based chef Martin Anderson, sponsored the fundraising “cook-up” with the help of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, fulfilling a life long ambition to scale the famous mountain.
On Sunday morning he set off for Dunlewey and by 11am he was at the based with the members of the DMRT who loaded the food, cooker and supplies onto one of their rescue stretchers and brought it up the mountain.
At a more sheltered plateau near the summit they set up the mobile kitchen and began cooking.
With things under control in the food department, Martin then joined the rescue team for a walk that brought them to the top of Errigal.
On their return, Martin got back to work at what he knows best and by 12 noon the first hungry climbers arrived to feast on the hearty stew awaiting them.
Speaking after he returned from his mission, Martin said it was a “brilliant day” and he really enjoyed the experience.
“When I met the team they loaded up the stretcher and brought to food and the equipment up. I had brought up 100 bowls and before long the crowd that were up there had washed the ones we had used and they kept coming. We must had sold over 120 servings before we ran out,” Martin explained.
He added: “ There must have been about 200 people who came up when we were there and the weather was really good. It was a brilliant day and there was no bother. I was glad to be doing it for the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. We sold each bowl of stew and a roll for a fiver but some people were very generous. It certainly was the highest I’ve ever catered at, that’s for sure,” a delighted Martin said.
PRO of the Mountain Rescue team, Brian Murray said they had a ”great day” and the fundraising went very well.
“Martin offered to raise money for DMRT by doing a cook-up on Errigal. He provided all the meat and supplies. DMRT carried the load by stretcher up the mountain and then escorted Martin to the top for his first ascent. The weather was kind and a large crowd of up to 200 climbed. Martin cooked until the supplies ran out. A great day was had for everyone and over 700 euro was raised,” he said.