father has scaled the UK’s highest peak carrying a 100kg barbell to boost cash for analysis into motor neurone illness.
David Dooher set off at 7pm on Wednesday, the day he turned 38, from the Ben Nevis Inn and reached the 4,406ft summit early on Thursday afternoon.
He undertook the problem to boost cash for the My Identify’5 Doddie Basis, launched in 2017 by Doddie Weir. Weir died final November aged 52 after a six-year battle with motor neurone illness (MND).
Mr Dooher stated the barbell, just like the burden of an enormous panda, represents “the burden carried by those that dwell with MND, and their households”.
After reaching the summit of Ben Nevis, Mr Dooher, a member of Police Scotland’s mountain rescue staff, stated: “It feels wonderful to be completed – very sore and tiring – however wonderful.
“I’d be mendacity if I stated it wasn’t more durable than anticipated, however this wasn’t meant to be simple, and there was no better motivator than who I’m doing this for: Doddie’s reminiscence and everybody affected by MND.
“The curiosity within the problem and the outpouring of help has been unimaginable, it’s spurred me on each step of the way in which.
“I wish to thank everybody; my help staff, the My Identify’5 Doddie Basis, all people who despatched messages of help and encouragement, and the broader MND neighborhood for his or her backing.
“It means the world and I hope that this effort will play some half, regardless of how small, in serving to to search out efficient remedies and at some point a treatment for this devastating illness.”
Mr Dooher skilled six days per week, each week, for the final six months forward of the problem, and upped his calorie consumption past 4,000 energy throughout his coaching.
The daddy-of-two, from Uddingston in South Lanarkshire, bagged a number of Munros with a barbell on his again in preparation, together with Ben Vorlich with 95kg and Ben Lomond with 75kg, however scaling Ben Nevis was his hardest climb but.
Talking forward of the problem, he stated: “I would like it to be tough and painful. I’ve already been emotional throughout some walks simply due to the ache and exhaustion, however that provides to the magnitude for me, so I’m not afraid to point out it.
“I’ve acquired so many pretty messages from households of individuals identified, or whose household have handed away on account of MND. That reinforces the explanations for why I’m tackling the duty. I’ll be fascinated with Doddie with each step.
“It’s been an enormous sacrifice. I’ll take per week off to recuperate as soon as I’m carried out and perhaps begin planning a wee vacation when it’s throughout.“
He has already raised greater than £13,000 and anybody thinking about donating can achieve this at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-dooher.
Paul Thompson, director of fundraising at My Identify’5 Doddie Basis, stated: “We’re blown away by David’s efforts. His coaching alone is unthinkable.
“We’re very grateful to him, and to everybody who has donated.”