When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT) which is a genetic condition that damages peripheral nerves. Some of the main symptoms of CMT include: muscle weakness in the feet, ankles and legs; difficulty using the ankle muscles to lift the foot, which makes walking more difficult; a lack of sensation in the arms and feet; wasting of the muscles in the lower legs; feeling tired a lot of the time, as a result of the extra effort it takes to move around; tremors and scoliosis. In the UK, around 25,000 people are thought to have CMT, making it the most common inherited neurological condition. Despite this, many people have never heard of the condition so it is often difficult to find someone else who has the same challenges. CMT Kids is a wonderful charity which enables children and young people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease to attend and take part in activity weekends where they have the opportunity to meet others just like them and overcome challenges whilst participating in many outdoor activities which they might not have had the courage to do elsewhere. Spending time together gives us a special bond and a realisation that we are not alone. I have been lucky enough to attend 3 of these weekends now, and my brother has just attended his first, given that he has also now been diagnosed with CMT. However, the support the charity gives us would not be possible without fundraising and donations.
Therefore I have decided to undergo the challenge of climbing 6 Scottish mountains to help raise some money:
Goat fell, Arran - 874 m
The Merrick, 875m
The Cobbler - 920m
Ben Lawers, 968m
Ben Lomond - 990m
And finally, Ben Nevis, 1352m
I know that this will be a stuggle, as the highest hill I've climbed is around 50m, but for such a worthy cause, I'm more than willing to try my best!
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