Harpenden father's 'awesome and amazing' mountain climb in aid of son's operation (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Harpenden father David Horton's 'awesome and amazing' Mont Blanc climb in aid of son's operation
Harpenden father David Horton has returned from "a real adventure" after climbing Mont Blanc to raise money for a life changing operation to enhance his son’s life.
Mr Horton, of Aplins Close, climbed Europe’s highest mountain at the end of September to raise more than £10,000 towards a £50,000 operation, selective dorsal rhizotomy, for his four-year-old son Will, who has cerebral palsy.
Although the 41-year-old didn’t manage to reach the top of the summit because of high winds and heavy snow as a result of a storm, he said it was a phenomenal experience.
He said: "We waited there until dawn broke and then headed up the summit ridge but with just over 200 meters to the summit we had to turn back because of the exposure.
"It just wouldn’t have been a good idea.
"Had the weather allowed I would have hit the summit, but in a way I’m quite pleased that I experienced the conditions that I did.
"It taught me a lot about what we’re capable of when we put our minds to it. It was an awesome and amazing experience."
Light hearted Mr Horton added: "I guess you can’t book the weather."
It then took Mr Horton and his group 11 hours to get back down the mountain.
Mr Horton’s son, Will, is heavily affected physically and doctors have warned that as he grows, the cerebral palsy will cause deformities with increasing limitations to his movements.
After assessments, he was told he is viable for the operation, originally developed in the USA and now available in London. Unfortunately funding is not available through the NHS and Will’s family are currently undertaking a challenge to raise their own funds.
So far they have raised approximately £19,000.
Mr Horton said: "The support from family and friends and people who don’t even know us, has been overwhelming.
"It has been wonderful and Will is having a great time. He joined Crabtree School this month and they have been phenomenal with him.
"It is has been a big month for all of us."
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