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Mallaig endurance athlete Pawel Cymbalista is attempting to run up and down Britain’s highest mountain as many times as possible in 24 hours to raise funds to help his friend Davy Duncan.
Davy, who is from Fort William but owned the former Not Just Desserts café at Barcaldine with his partner Helen Smith, has spent the last five months in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
Two months prior to that he was in another hospital in Mexico after contracting Covid-19 while working offshore as a saturation diver in the Central American country.
Pawel’s fundraiser, which was originally planned for last weekend but was cancelled due to a bad weather forecast, is to help generate cash to assist with making Davy’s home in Fort William more accessible to aid his recovery.
Speaking from his hospital bed in Inverness this week, Davy gave his reaction to Pawel’s planned mammoth record-breaking endurance effort on his behalf: ‘All the best Pawel – go get ’em pal!
‘We wish you all the very best. It’s been a real privilege having you running with us and I’m sure you will break all the records. We wish you God speed.’
Helen added: ‘We just wanted to say a massive thank you to Pawel for thinking about us; thinking about Davy for the crowd-funder to raise money.
‘We are with him in spirit. Wish him all the very best and have no doubt he will do very well and feel very grateful to him for thinking about us.’
The Ben Nevis 24-hour Challenge was created by Charlie Anderson from Fort William in 2006, when he set the impressive record of six repetitions of the mountain, nearly reaching the height of Mount Everest in terms of total height covered.
Starting at the Ben Nevis Inn in Glen Nevis, Pawel will be going up and down Ben Nevis throughout the day and night with the aim of breaking the 15-year-old record.
A successful repetition will take him up to the summit and back down to the inn, 10 miles and 4,413ft each time.
‘Davy is a long term friend of myself and my wife Ashley and he has helped me a lot in my previous adventures,’ said Pawel, who completed the UK Big 3 mountain rounds in August this year.
‘We are connected to Davy and his partner Helen Smith by the outdoors which makes it really special. Helen and Davy got me obsessed with the long-distance challenges.
‘They are very kind people, always helping everyone, always giving and working incredibly hard. I decided it’s time they should get something back for all they do for the community.’
Anyone wishing to donate should visit Pawel’s Go Fund Me page at: www.gofundme.com/f/ben-nevis-24-lets-do-it-for-davy?
Davy Duncan sent best wishes from his hospital bed in Inverness to Pawel ahead of the latter’s record-breaking run attempt on Ben Nevis.
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