Dedicated dad hauls chains up Ben Nevis to honour his daughter for JDRF

Jack Woodfield
Wed, 01 Aug 2018
Dedicated dad hauls chains up Ben Nevis to honour his daughter for JDRF
A Scottish dad has taken part in another gruelling fundraising challenge in honour of his daughter who has type 1 diabetes.

Davy Ballantyne, also known as Big Davy, hauled 60kg of chains up Ben Nevis to raise money for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

His decision to trek the highest mountain in the British Isles, an epic climb of 1,345m, was inspired following his daughter Rosin being diagnosed aged 10, three years ago. The 57-year-old has so far raised more than £1,800.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun newspaper, he said: "Having type 1 diabetes is life-changing and I do these gruelling challenges to show my daughter, Roisin, that she’s not the only one who finds her condition challenging at times, especially if her blood glucose levels are too high or low.

"Given this was the same weight as an adult, it was hard going on my neck, back, shoulders and legs, but I’m delighted to have raised funds for JDRF as the only way we’re going to cure type 1 diabetes is through research."

Carrying 60kg, or 9.5 stones, up steep slopes is a huge challenging, and even maintaining his balance will have been a step-by-step ordeal for Davy at many parts of the formidable mountain.

This is not the first time Davy has hit the headlines for enduring a gruelling physical challenge. In May 2016 he pulled a 120kg anvil to the top of Goat Fell, the second highest mountain on the Isle of Arran.

He completed the epic 874m anvil haul and raised £16,905 for the JDRF, bringing his total fundraising amount to more than 18,000.

To donate to Davy's cause, visit his JustGivingpage.

Picture: Scottish Sun
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