Leader, June 11 2021

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Incredible achievement

David MacPherson’s Ben Nevis challenge was an incredible achievement.

It was inspirational, demonstrating what can be achieved with the right equipment and attitude.

After months of preparations, it must have been devastating for the team when part of the wheelchair broke.

However, their quick-thinking in repairing the hinge with bits and pieces they had with them saved the day.

But safety has to come first and the team made the right decision not to continue to the top if there were any doubts about the makeshift repair being able to handle the challenging final section.

David senior told the Courier that he didn’t think it would be possible to even get as far as they did.

One comment a supporter made of the team’s ascent and the subsequent repair on the Joëlette summed up the situation very well: ‘It says a great deal about the strength and resilience of the team that the Joëlette broke before they did!’

Well done to all those who helped David live his dreams.