Dexter with his mother Zoe Ward and cousin Georgie Wilkinson. Picture: Supplied.

Ben Nevis challenge to help raise funds in son’s name

A West Norfolk mother is to climb a staggering 4,411 feet  to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Zoe Ward, 34, will take on Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles – to raise money for Action Duchenne.

The charity funds research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which has affected Mrs Ward’s three-year-old son Dexter.

A progressive condition, DMD is a genetic muscle disease that affects boys.

Mrs Ward, who also has a 14-month-old daughter, Phoebe, said: “Most boys who have it do not survive beyond their mid-twenties, and those that do will be wheelchair bound by age 12.”

A former hairdresser, Mrs Ward said Dexter had showed no signs of any problems as a baby.

“He was crawling and moved around the furniture,”  she said.

However, there was a delay in Dexter meeting his milestones such as walking and talking.

After various tests, Mrs Ward and her husband Ben were told he had DMD.

She said that after the initial shock, the couple’s outlook was:  “We’ve just got to get on with it.

“Dexter is an extremely happy and confident little boy and a loving brother to his one-year-old sister.”

“He loves playing with his friends and is very sociable. Myself and my husband are extremely proud of the boy he is today, and although his future is uncertain, we try not to dwell on this too much.”

Mrs Ward will be joined by her cousin Georgie Wilkinson for the trek, which is due to take place on Saturday, June 25.

The 10-mile challenge is set to take them  up to nine hours to complete.

“I hope that the money and awareness will contribute to the day young boys and their families will not have to live with this devastating disease,” she  said.

If you would like to sponsor Mrs Ward you can text the code DEXT80 with your amount to 70070. There is also a page on the website JustGiving, search under ‘Zoe Ward’.