A LOCAL charity which reunited a daughter with her dying dad before he passed away is set to receive a financial boost from her.

Kirsty Karanikki, 27, hadn’t spoken to her father for a couple of years due to a family fall out.

When she tried to reach out to him last year she became increasingly concerned when no one in the area had seen him for a while.

Kirsty was then alerted to a Facebook post by Compassionate Inverclyde, desperately looking to trace her.

When she got in touch she found out that her dad, 57-year-old Jeff McFarlane, was in the critical care unit at Inverclyde Royal extremely unwell.

She made a dash to Greenock and got to spend precious time with her dad before he passed away in March.

Kirsty then found out everything the charity did for her dad including helping with his bills, caring for his dogs and cleaning the house.

To show her thanks and give back to the charity that helped her dad in his time of need Kirsty and friend Jennifer Kerr, also 27, decided to take on the Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge saw them attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours - and they managed it with time to spare.

Kirsty said: “We managed to complete the challenge in 23 hours and 42 minutes.

"We couldn’t quite believe it.

“It was honestly one of the hardest if not the hardest challenge I have ever done.

"We didn’t get much time to rest and had no sleep.

"Climbing three mountains in 24 hours was extremely tough.

“We hugged and gave each other a high five when we finished.

"We managed it through no sleep, tears, blistered feet, hours of driving and unbearable heat and I am so proud of us for completing it, we have such a sense of achievement.”

They were assisted and supported by Jennifer’s dad and step mum who drove them to each country in the camper van and made sure there was hot food ready after each ascent.

So far Kirsty and Jennifer have collected more than £900 between them.

Kirsty said: “I have managed to raise £590 so far and Jennifer has raised £385 with money still coming in, which is just amazing.

“We are so overwhelmed with the support we have had from family and friends, everyone has been so generous and we can’t thank them enough.

“We are looking forward to seeing the final total and handing it over to such an important charity.

“Through Compassionate Inverclyde I was able to spend the last two weeks with my dad.

"I was there to hold his hand in his final moments and tell him how much I love him.

“While my dad was unwell, they helped him with his bills and arranged for someone to care for his dogs as well as people coming round to help clean his house.

“Even after my dad passed away, Alison Bunce from the charity continued to help with the dogs and arranged for them to go to a loving home as I was unable to take them.

"The work they do for the community is just unbelievable and we are so happy we were able to help them.”