Teenager and his TV pal complete Ben Nevis endeavour

A soap actor and a teenager with an extremely rare disability teamed up to reach the top of Ben Nevis earlier this month.

Jack Marshall, an 18-year-old living with Moebius Syndrome, reached the summit of Britain’s tallest peak.

The neurological disorder is characterised by facial paralysis, although limb abnormalities and breathing problems are among other symptoms which can occur. Between two and 20 cases are recorded for every million births.

As a result of his condition, Jack struggles to walk, has sight and hearing problems and is even unable to smile.

But these difficulties have not stopped him from completing a number of previous challenges, including The Great North Run and Yorkshire’s Three Peaks challenge.

For his latest endeavour, he was joined by Chris Chittell, the actor probably better known as Emmerdale’s cheeky chappie Eric Pollard.

The firm friends were among a party who scrambled to the summit of the Scottish peak in aid of the cancer charity Bloodwise. Jack’s sister Jaimie was among the others to take part.

Jack, who hails from Belton, Lincolnshire, said: “I do not know how many hours it will take me but I will without doubt complete my task.

“I won’t enjoy it. It will hurt. It will be hard work. But compared to some, I am fit and well and I believe the money I have raised so far has helped fund advancements in treatment of this desperate disease.”

Jack had originally set himself a fund raising target of £1,600, which has been swiftly smashed; at the time of writing it stands at more than £3,000.

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