Strongman Gordon Ingram savoured the sweet taste of success on Saturday (13 April) when he lifted the historic Dinnie Stones at Potarch in Aberdeenshire, raising more than £1,000 for Support in Mind Scotland in the process.

Months of intensive training paid off as 57-year-old Gordon - roared on by a crowd of more than 100 - strained every sinew and summoned every last morsel of strength to lift the stones and join the elite list of people who have achieved the feat.

To put the lift into perspective, the Dinnie Stones weigh a combined total of 332.49 kilograms. That's more than 52 stone, or 773lb!

As well as putting in hours of work in the gym in preparation for the lift, Gordon has been busy raising awareness of Support in Mind Scotland and raising funds as part of his challenge. Including Gift Aid, he has already raised more than £1,200 on his JustGiving page.

Less than 48 hours after the lift, Gordon was reflecting on his memorable moment.

"I'm sore but I'm on cloud nine," he said. "To be honest, I'm also still in a bit of shock that I actually did it!

"I had done a lot of training and I new I was capable of the lift, but to step up there in front of all those people is a different matter. The nerves were uncontrollable and the enthusiasm of the crowd sapped my energy a bit. They gave me amazing support though and I will never forget it.

“The charity has been an inspiration for me. I am really glad I did it for Support in Mind Scotland

"You get three attempts to complete the lift. For my first attempt at lifting them, I barely got them off the ground and thought I had thrown my hip out. But someone was there to help bandage me up, and although I was sore, I managed to get through the pain and lift them at the second attempt. I nailed it and it was very emotional. It was an unbelievable feeling and I felt a real sense of achievement.

"The charity has been an inspiration for me. I am really glad I did it for Support in Mind Scotland, and I'll be back for more!

"I've suffered in the past with my own mental health, so to do this has meant so much to me.

"I'd like to thank all those who supported me, particularly my training partner Adrian MacKinnon and Brett Nicol, and of course everyone who has donated and supported the charity."

Gordon, a quality, health, safety and environment manager in the North Sea Energy Services, is taking a well-earned week off work this week - only to lift something else. "A paintbrush," he laughs, "I'm painting and decorating the living room just now which is almost as hard as lifting the Dinnie Stones!"

  • If Gordon's efforts have inspired you, why not try a fundraising idea of your own for Support in Mind Scotland. You don't have to lift giant boulders to be a fundraising hero in our eyes... although in Gordon's case it helped! Contact our Fundraising team on 0131 662 4359 or email [email protected] or [email protected]