End to End Fundraiser

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday May 11 2018

A hardy grandfather from Inverness has set himself the challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats next month to raise money for a charity that is close to his heart.

David Balfour (pictured), who works in NHS Highland’s service planning team, is taking on the epic trek to raise funds for the Smith- Magenis Syndrome Foundation.

Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) is a development disorder which occurs in only 1:25000 births, it is so rare that some people may never have heard of it.

David said:

“My four-year-old grandson Max has SMS.

“It affects him in a number of ways including some intellectual disability and delayed development, delayed speech, sleep disturbances and behavioural problems.

“It’s not curable and it is challenging but Max has parents and a family who are brilliant in their care for him.

“Others are not so lucky.

“To be unsupported or alone trying to live with SMS must be a dark place which is why this charity is so important.”

David (59), who describes himself as a fit old lad with a bike, explains that his training programme is quite simple.

He cycles every day and recently completed the Etape Loch Ness.

Add in a couple of 100 mile runs and he will be ready when he sets off from Land’s End on the 10 June.

Taking the quieter but longer route on back roads makes the journey around 1000 miles, and he intends to complete it in eight days.

With a fundraising target of £2000 he is delighted that he is already halfway there.

He said:

“This is one of the toughest cycling challenges I will have faced but I really want SMS families to benefit from this.

“To be at the halfway point in my fundraising target is fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who has donated.

“I’ll start my journey in just under a month so there is still plenty of time to donate, and train.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

If you would like to know more about Davies journey, please visit: https://daviesendtoend.wordpress.com



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