Danny Boyle is the uncle of SNAPS regular Ellen Boyle. Along with his friend Brendan Brenan he decided he wanted to help SNAPS and raise some much-needed funds.
Ellen has Angelman Syndrome and since attending SNAPS sessions Danny has noticed her mobility progress has improved vastly and says that she has come on leaps and bounds. He knows how much SNAPS means to Ellen and her family so he decided to undertake the Ulster 5 peaks and complete it in just 24 hours. Danny chose the Ulster 5 peaks as both Danny and Brendan wanted to test themselves physically and thought that there was no better way to do it than to take on this famous challenge.
Before the event, the boys hosted a fundraiser. The evening was a wax, shave or dye event which as you can imagine was a real hairy experience. Danny and Brendan finished the evening minus an eyebrow each, but it was in exchange for £1000 donation. The evening raised a phenomenal £3000.
The boys completed their main challenge on the 3rd September. The gruelling climb which took almost 24 hours was testing both physically and mentally. The boys found it very difficult in parts but were kept motivated by the amount of money pledged for SNAPS. Danny believes he was existing mostly on adrenaline towards the end of the climb as daylight started to fade and fatigue took its toll.
Danny and Brendan have raised an amazing amount of money for SNAPS with their exploits and endeavours. The total sum is £6000 which is truly fantastic. This money will help us continue to offer therapies to our children and keep providing a place for children with additional needs and their families to go to and have fun in a safe and inclusive environment. On behalf of everyone at SNAPS, we would like to thank Danny and Brendan for their amazing efforts and for the money raised.