Local man set for Ben Nevis challenge

David Stephen will tackle Ben Nevis on behalf of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Neurosurgery Ward 205
David Stephen will tackle Ben Nevis on behalf of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Neurosurgery Ward 205

A Peterhead man will attempt to climb Britain’s highest mountain in aid of the hospital ward that saved his life.

David Stephen, 61, will take on Ben Nevis sometime in August on behalf of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Neurosurgery Ward 205.

The father of three and grandfather of ten had enjoyed good health all of his life until he was admitted to hospital in August last year with a suspected stroke, only to be told he had a brain tumour which had been growing for 15 years.

David said: “I had a nine hour operation in September to remove the tumour but ten days later my situation became life threatening as a result of bleeding and I was returned to have the clot removed.

“After coming round from the second operation, I discovered that my right side was almost completely dysfunctional.

“I had to learn to walk again, not even mentioning the other, everyday things I used to do without thinking.”

David continued: “Being characterised by a rigorous nature and having more than a hint of determination helped me in that situation and I hope it will also help me to the top of Ben Nevis.”

During his stay at the hospital, David noticed that the medical team on the ward were stretched beyond their limits as he explained: “There is an unnecessary workload on an already overworked staff caring for patients in a near 40-year-old and tired building.

“There is also a lack of much needed equipment that is required to aid patients’ recovery.”

David added: “My object now as I aim for the summit of Ben Nevis is to raise funds for the medical team who saved my life, taught me to walk and who continue to care for others 24 hours of every day.

“With the money that has been raised already, the ward have ordered Dyson fans and specialised mattresses which will help patients feel more comfortable during their stay in hospital.

“Three physiotherapists from Ward 205 have given donations too which shows how much they need the support to buy new equipment.”

Donations can be given online at www.justgiving.com/David-Stephen-Ben-Nevis or at Zanres, Peterhead.

Zanres on Queen Street, Peterhead will be supporting David’s climb by donating 100 per cent of their takings on Thursday, August 7.

Sarah Geary of Zanres said: “The owners of Zanres strongly felt the desire to support David’s challenge and participate in raising funds and generating greater awareness for this most worthy cause.”