Daredevil takes on new challenge for charity

By Emily Pearce

Friday, April 4, 2014

 

Daredevil takes on new challenge for charity

Caring Cancer Trust volunteer Don Haver, who is opening the charity's new Ryde store today. File.

DAREDEVIL Don Haver is about to embark on his latest fundraising challenge — skiing down the Italian Alps.

The 80-year-old Isle of Wight charity volunteer, who is registered blind, has never been skiing in his life, but said he was determined to rise to the challenge in aid of Isle of Wight charity the Caring Cancer Trust.

He will take on the slopes at Pila Ski School later this month, accompanied by skier turned television presenter and trust patron Graham Bell, during a trip to the resort with children recovering from cancer.

Don has raised some £50,000 for charity over the years — he has sped down a zip wire and been white water rafting — and said he was looking forward to his latest feat.

"I've no idea how steep it will be, or how far, but I'm very excited. I was looking for a new challenge and I thought, why not try skiing? I think it will be a lot of fun. To be honest, I'm more worried about flying out there — I hate flying," said Don, of Bailey Close, Ryde.

Caring Cancer Trust secretary Ian McWatt said Don was an inspiration.

"He is bloody brave, to go white water rafting and skiing when he is blind. The kids really look up to him," said Ian, 79, of High Street, Ryde.

The Caring Cancer Trust has run several trips for patients at children's cancer ward the Piam Brown Unit, at Southampton General Hospital, where most Island youngsters are treated.

Blob Ian and Don will be opening a new Caring Cancer Trust shop at Ryde High Street today (Friday), at 2pm. Anyone who would like to meet Don and sponsor him is welcome to go along.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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