Brave dad who scaled Mount Snowdon in wheelchair raises thousands for charity

A courageous dad who conquered Mount Snowdon in a wheelchair has raised more than £7,500 for charity.

Motor neurone disease sufferer Jason Liversidge tackled the highest peak in Wales to raise funds for terminal illness charity Marie Curie and Dove House Hospice.
He has now presented each charity with a cheque for £3,829, after raising a total of £7,648.

Jason, whose powered wheelchair overheated on the way up the 3,560ft mountain, reached the summit after a marathon eight-hour trek.

The Holderness father of two, who is almost paralysed, was supported by a back-up team including his wife, Liz.

He says: “Simply reaching the summit was an overwhelming experience, it was a massive feat to get to the top with a wheelchair.

“The feeling was amazing, and to have a fantastic view at the top just made it all complete. We raised £7,648 which was well over our £5k target.

“Without a doubt this is a fantastic figure. This just goes to show what can be achieved with over 400 donors and supporters behind you with an event that grabbed the nation’s attention.

“I felt a large sense of achievement just from the money raised.”

Jason, who was diagnosed with MND in 2013 and now requires 24-hour care, used an all-terrain 4×4 wheelchair to scale Mount Snowdon.

His wife, Liz, says: “It was a huge challenge for Jason and a huge challenge for the rest of us who are able-bodied.

“It was a massive sense of achievement for all of us and particularly for Jason, who is terminally ill and virtually paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

“As far as I know, no one has ever reached the summit of Mount Snowdon in a powered wheelchair.

“It’s fair to say we did underestimate the challenge and we had a race against time to complete it. We estimated it might be five-and-a-half hours to complete it but it took over eight hours.

“There were times when we didn’t think we were going to make it, at one point the wheelchair overheated and it had to be stripped down to get air through to cool it down.

“It was a massive sense of achievement to get to the top, it was quite emotional really.”

Jason, from Rise in Holderness, was accompanied by Liz and daughters Poppy and Lilly when he presented his cheques.

Jason Liversidge handing over cheques to Dove House & Marie Curie. Pictured, middle, Liz, Jason, Poppy and Lilly Liversidge

He refuses to be beaten by MND and has taken on a series of challenges, including tackling the longest zip line in Europe at speeds of more than 100mph.

Liz says: “Jason is determined to keep pushing the boundaries and on September 10 he will be abseiling off the Humber Bridge to raise money for MND.

“He will also be raising funds for the firefighters’ charity, after firefighters from Bridlington responded to an appeal from Jason.

“Most people with MND lose the ability to speak so Jason appealed for men with a Yorkshire accent to come forward for a synthetic voice he was having created, using his own voice and donated voices.

“There’s a lot of good feeling towards the fire service after the Grenfell Tower fire, if it wasn’t for the heroic actions of the fire service a lot more people would have died.”

Jason says abseiling off the bridge would be a challenge for anyone but especially so for him so he will be helped by members of the fire service.

He says: “I can no longer walk, wash, dress or feed myself and need round the clock care but I’m not going to let a little thing like that stop me! So I have enlisted the help of the fire service.”

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/humberbridge to donate to Jason’s target to raise £3,000 from next month’s Humber Bridge abseil.

Source: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/brave-dad-who-scaled-mount-295445

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