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Leicestershire man becomes first to climb Yorkshire Three Peaks in wheelchair

David Needham completed the challenge in a specially made Mountain Trike in 17 and a half hours. Credit: LOROS Hospice

A father from Leicestershire who has Motor Neurone Disease has become the first person to climb The Yorkshire Three Peaks in an all-terrain wheelchair.

David Needham who is from Cold Newton, completed the challenge in a specially made Mountain Trike in 17 and a half hours.

I still recall the ‘are you mad?’ look that I got back in March when I first suggested attempting the challenge in my mountain trike. It wasn’t until the day before when I was driving through the valleys looking up at the peaks that the enormity of the undertaking was brought swiftly into focus.

– David Needham

The 46-year-old, who is a patient at LOROS Hospice was joined by the charity's CEO John Knight, who was part of a six-strong team of friends and volunteers who made David’s challenge possible. David said that he could not have completed the challenge without help from the team who assisted him across the peaks.

David was part of a team of friends and volunteers. Credit: LOROS Hospice

David was officially diagnosed with MND, a condition that damages the nervous system and often leads to muscle weakness, three years ago.

David is truly a most impressive individual and it was a real privilege to be part of his challenge. To witness his amazing determination to complete it, while pressing against the elements, against fatigue and the increasingly challenging mountain footpaths is something I will never forget.

– LOROS CEO John Knight

David has now raised more than £2,000 for charity.