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Climbing for a cure: Neil McDonald to take on Mount Everest for JDRF

05 April 2012

Neil McDonald, 42 from Aberdeen, is to climb Mount Everest and raise over £100,000 for JDRF.

Neil’s epic challenge is inspired by his daughter Darcey, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago. Motivated by how bravely Darcey coped with her condition and having seen the daily test type 1 diabetes placed upon his daughter and family, Neil decided he wanted to match this with an act of equal challenge, while also generating serious funds for JDRF.

Placing fundraising at the heart of his climb, Neil set an ambitious target of raising £100,000, with every penny of donations received going to JDRF. His wife, Linzie, has been spear-heading the fund-raising efforts and put on a highly successful James Bond themed ball which generated £83,000 in a single night.

In addition to fundraising, Neil has been training hard for the challenge, including summiting Europe’s highest peak Mont Blonc and Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. Neil has spent every available moment training and getting his body and mind fit for the challenge.

Linzie says: “This is important for Neil and for Darcey – for all of us. It has galvanised our family and made us all feel a little less helpless, a little less intimidated by type 1 and a lot closer together in achieving this goal.”

Neil, Linzie and Darcey have also featured in an STV News piece, documenting Neil’s momentous challenge and Darcey’s condition. This can be viewed here

To date, over £108,000 has been raised to support research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We are incredibly grateful to Neil and Linzie and all those who have donated funds to the McDonalds. All funds received allow us to support more research and take us a step closer to finding the cure. If you wish to donate to the McDonald’s fundraising effort visit

We wish Neil the best of luck for his epic challenge, and Neil’s blog and more details can be found here:

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