Fathers4Justice campaigner climbs Ben Nevis in row over access to young son (From This Is Lancashire)
Fathers4Justice campaigner climbs Ben Nevis in row over access to young son
A FATHER has climbed Ben Nevis to highlight how he is being denied access to his young son.
Kevin McDonald, of Manchester Road, Bury, trekked up the highest mountain in Britain on Tuesday, August 20, in support of Fathers4Justice, an organisation which campaigns for equal parenting rights.
Mr McDonald split with his partner in January and has not seen his eight-month-old son, Jaxon, for four months.
He is completing the climb alongside Steve Dale, from Halifax, who has had similar problems and has not seen his two-year-old son, Harley, for two years.
Mr McDonald is trying to gain access to his son through the courts and says he has been denied it for no good reason.
The men say they have not been treated fairly and are using the event to highlight the problem and raise awareness.
Mr McDonald said: “There are a few fathers who have got involved but nothing to this extent — they usually just climb buildings — but myself and Steve are going to go to the top of Ben Nevis.
“I am used to heights, but this climb is a completely new thing for me. I am doing it for my son, to show how much I love him and to show the lengths I will go to get him into my life.”
Protesters for Fathers4 Justice have completed several high-profile stunts since they were established in 2002.
An activist climbed up Buckingham Palace in a Batman costume in 2004 and another protested during a live National Lottery TV show, which had to be taken off air for several minutes after the man displayed posters.
But fellow campaigner Mr Dale says their campaign aims to have a positive message instead of causing disruption.
He said: “We both think we have been treated unfairly by the courts and the system, but rather than do things that cause disruption we are trying to do something positive.”
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