A devoted dad who carried a 19 stone anvil up Goatfell has undertaken another gruelling challenge – this time wearing 60kg of chains whilst climbing Ben Nevis.

Strongman Davy Ballantyne raised over £15,000 for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in 2016 by dragging a 120kg anvil up Arran’s highest mountain.

Davy took on the Herculean feat after his daughter Roisin, now 12, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The last two years has seen Davy raise over £18,000 for JDRF through his challenges. And now the Arran dad’s latest conquest, on Saturday, July 28, has so far raised more than £1,700 for the charity.

Davy wore 60kg worth of metal chains to represent 6.0mmol, which is the ideal blood glucose reading. After a six-and-a-half-hour ascent, where the 57-year-old was just 300m of reaching the summit, he was advised to stop by mountaineers due to dangerous weather conditions.

Davy said: “Having type 1 diabetes is life changing and I do these gruelling challenges to show my daughter, Roisin, that she’s not the only one who finds her condition challenging at times, especially if her blood glucose levels are too high or low.

“As 6.0mmol is the ideal reading, it was only fitting that I wore 60kg, around 9.5 stones, worth of metal chains. Given this was the same weight as an adult, it was hard going on my neck, back, shoulders and legs, but I’m delighted to have raised funds for JDRF as the only way we’re going to cure type 1 diabetes is through research.”

In total, Davy has raised over £18,000 for JDRF in the last two years through his challenges, which has also seen him drag a 120 kg anvil, over 24 days, up Goatfell.