A mental campaigner from Yorkshire has completed a fun charity challenge by lugging a giant cheese for twenty miles across the Yorkshire Dales.
Ryan Iveson, who has previously suffered from mental health issues, carried a 10-kilo wheel of Wensleydale cheese across the countryside near his hometown of Hawes.
Entitled ‘Ryan’s Wensleydale Whey’ Iveson undertook his cheesy long-distance trek to raise funds for The Principle Trust, which provides respite breaks for children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma, or abuse.
Taking eight hours to complete, Ryan’s route took in some of The Dales’ most picturesque landmarks including Aisgil Force, Countersett, Semerwater, Bainbridge, Stags Fell and Hardraw Force.
So far, the cheese-based charity challenge has raised over £600 for the Trust’s current campaign to fund the refurbishment of two of its accessible holiday lodges.
The walk was the latest in a series of personal challenges Iveson has completed as part of his ongoing recovery from a breakdown. On Christmas Day he donned a Santa suit before scaling the Yorkshire Three Peaks, raising thousands of pounds for the Trust.
Ryan has had a lifelong battle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), compounded at the age of nine after he lost his father in a tragic accident. After the incident, he struggled to talk about his emotions, leading to alcohol and drug misuse and, eventually, a complete breakdown.
Iveson has decided to mark his road to recovery with a series of extreme fitness challenges, raising funds for charities which support both disadvantaged children and mental health sufferers.
Iveson said: “My own childhood was blighted by tragedy which led to debilitating mental health problems, so I’m delighted to once again be raising funds for The Principle Trust – a charity which supports children with experiences similar to my own.
“I’m grateful to everyone who has donated, to Thirsk-based company Twisted Automotive for backing me and to The Courtyard Dairy in Settle, who kindly donated the cheese.”
Founder of The Principle Trust, Mike Davies, MBE, added “Ryan continues to inspire others struggling with mental health problems; thanks to supporters like him The Principle Trust has helped thousands of disadvantaged, disabled and poor children to escape their everyday troubles and create valuable, happy memories.”
For more information about The Principle Trust and Ryan’s challenges visit the charity’s website.