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Harold Hill man killed in plane crash after climbing Ben Nevis for children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:05 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 05 June 2017

Robert Archer had successfully completed a challenge to climb Ben Nevis before he was tragically killed in a plane crash. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

Robert Archer had successfully completed a challenge to climb Ben Nevis before he was tragically killed in a plane crash. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

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A man was tragically killed in a plane crash after successfully climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for a children’s charity.

Robert Archer, 57, from Harold Hill, was flying back from Britain’s highest peak when the light aircraft crashed two miles off the coast of Skipness, between the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran.

He had taken part in the challenge to raise money for children’s hospice Shooting Star Chase and had been travelling with Tony Woodward when the accident occurred on Thursday, May 25.

A statement on the charity’s website said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of two dedicated fundraisers.

“Tony Woodward and Bob Archer, who had successfully completed a challenge to climb Ben Nevis to raise money for Shooting Star Chase, were involved in a tragic accident while travelling in a light aircraft on their journey home.

“Shooting Star Chase would like to express their sincere condolences to Tony and Bob’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”

A Just Giving page paying tribute to Mr Woodward and Mr Archer has now raised more than £5,000.

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