‘LGMD is a continual challenge’

TOP CHALLENGE Ben tries his hand on the climbing wall.
TOP CHALLENGE Ben tries his hand on the climbing wall.

A volcano on Mars is the inspiration behind a fundraising challenge for people with limb girdle muscular dystrophy.

The B Baggins Foundation is organising a climb which is the equivalent of Olympus Mons, a 14-mile high volcano on the planet Mars.

To complete it, fundraisers for the Liversedge charity will scale a 21 metre climbing wall 1,191 times between them.

Now the charity is looking for people to take part in the event, which will take place at Rokt climbing gym in Brighouse in April.

The charity was set up by Roberttown student Ben Booth and his family after Ben was diagnosed with the condition.

Ben, 21, said: “Living with LGMD is a continual challenge. Simple tasks such as brushing your teeth or shaving become exhaustive.

“It is reassuring to know that there are people out there such as the B Baggins Foundation who have made it their goal to find a treatment or cure for this group of currently incurable diseases.”

Ben’s older brother Sam, 23, co-founder of the foundation, said: “Due to the rarity of LGMD, the charity has had to continually think outside the box when it comes to fund raising. We hope that the publicity generated from such a unique challenge will allow us to dramatically increase the awareness and understanding of limb girdle muscular dystrophy.”

For more information visit www.bbaggins.org or visit B Baggins on Facebook.