A COUPLE will climb Africa’s tallest mountain to raise money to fight motor neuron disease.
Daryl Nayler and girlfriend Naomi Peachey are keen climbers but admit they have experienced nothing like the 19,341 feet ascent which awaits them at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
The pair decided to take up the challenge to raise cash for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) because Daryl’s dad suffers from the condition, meaning the 37-year-old has seen first-hand how the condition can impact on a family.
Daryl, who works in Bexhill for Hastings Direct, said: “It is a fast moving disease and it has had a massive impact on our lives – particularly my mum who has had to give up work to help look after my dad.
“Naomi and I enjoy walking and I have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro so we both decided to do it to raise money for the MNDA.”
“We are funding the trip totally ourselves and we thought it would be a great opportunity to try and raise some money for a charity which is very relevant to us.
“Motor neuron disease is a nasty debilitating terminal disease with no cure. The effects on the patient are quite horrific – 24 hour care is needed as you slowly lose the function of your entire body until total paralysis sets in.
“This is also pretty tough on the families who become carers which is where the MNDA really make a day-to-day difference.
“It is going to be the toughest thing we have ever done – but it will be worth all the effort.”
To sponsor, visit online fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Daryl-Naomi.