Exmouth dad Sam and his pal raising awareness of Ami's condition
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:05 16 September 2016
A former marine from Exmouth is scaling three mountains and cylcing more than 400 miles to raise awarness of his daughter’s condition.
Sam Gibson, 49, is climbing more than 3,000 metres in 96 hours in an attempt to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.
His daughter, Ami, 25, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.
Joined by life-long friend Eifion Salisbury, Sam will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scarfell Pike in England and Snowden in Wales.
The pair will also cycle between the peaks in an attempt to raise £5,000 for the charity. Around £1,600 has been raised so far.
Sam, who begins his challenge today (Thursday, September 15), has spoken of his disbelief when he was told his daughter had MS.
He said: “I was just devastated. I didn’t understand it and didn’t know what it was.
“I just thought ‘what am I going to do? How can I help?’
“If your children hurt themselves, you take their pain away.”
The MS Society has provided funding to the South West MS Centre in Exeter, which Ami attends.
She said: “Most of my problems are to do with my balance.
“I am quite fortunate as some people with MS have aggressive forms of the disease.
“It’s important for me that my dad is doing this because it’s a disease people don’t really know anything about.”
Sam has been training for six months for the challenge, cycling around 150 miles a day in preparation.
He also took part in the annual Nello cycle for FORCE, which starts at Topsham Rugby Club.
Sam thanked Tesco, Salterton Road, for providing food, coffee and milk.
He also thanked David Bassett, of the Freemasons, which donated £1,500 to the cause, and Knobblies Bike Shop, Exeter Road, for providing the cycles.
Anyone who wants to donate can go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sam-Eifion3Peakcyclechallenge