A mental health sufferer-turned-campaigner has completed his latest charity challenge by lugging a giant cheese for 20 miles through the Yorkshire Dales.
Setting off at 5am on Saturday, Ryan Iveson carried the ten kil wheel of Wensleydale cheese through the countryside around Hawes.
Entitled Ryan’s Wensleydale Whey, Mr Iveson undertook his long-distance trek to raise funds for The Principle Trust, which provides respite breaks for children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.
Taking eight hours to complete, Ryan’s route took in Aisgil Force, Countersett, Semerwater, Bainbridge, Stags Fell and Hardraw Force.
So far, the dairy-based dare has raised over £600 for the trust’s current campaign to raise £12,000 for the refurbishment of two of its accessible holiday lodges.
The long-distance yomp was the latest in a series of personal challenges Mr Iveson has completed as part of his ongoing recovery from a breakdown.
Last Christmas Day the 32-year-old donned a Santa suit before scaling the Yorkshire Three Peaks, raising thousands of pounds for the Trust.
Ryan’s lifelong battle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) escalated when, aged nine, he lost his father in a tragic accident. Like many young men, he struggled to talk about his emotions and his later teenage years spiralled out of control, leading to alcohol and drug misuse and, eventually, a complete breakdown.
Now, Mr Iveson is marking his road to recovery by embarking on a series of extreme fitness challenges, raising funds for charities which support both disadvantaged children and mental health sufferers.
Mr Iveson said: “My own childhood was blighted by tragedy which led to debilitating mental health problems, so I’m delighted to once again be raising funds for The Principle Trust – a charity which supports children with experiences similar to my own.”
He added: “I’m grateful to everyone who has donated, to Thirsk-based company Twisted Automotive for backing me and to The Courtyard Dairy in Settle, who kindly donated the cheese.”
Founder of The Principle Trust, Mike Davies MBE, said: “Ryan continues to inspire others struggling with mental health problems; thanks to supporters like him The Principle Trust has helped thousands of disadvantaged, disabled and poorly children to escape their everyday troubles and create valuable, happy memories.’
For more information about The Principle Trust visit www.theprincipletrust.co.uk
To donate visit www.localgiving.org and search for Ryan’s Wensleydale Whey.