What a cliffhanger! Daredevil brothers, 13 and 18, spend night on a rock face in high winds to raise money for Christmas gifts at children’s hospice
He has been doing daredevil stunts for charity since he was six.
Now 13-year-old Daniel MacDiarmid has taken his courage to new heights.
He and his brother Calvin, 18, spent 24 hours on a platform suspended at the top of a 115ft cliff in Pembrokeshire – including a night being battered by high winds.
As a result they have so far raised nearly £4,000 for Christmas presents for children at the Chestnut Tree House hospice near Arundel, West Sussex.
Wrapped up: Daniel MacDiarmid, right, and brother Calvin during their 24-hour challenge
Daniel, known as Shrimpy, said: ‘It was very cold with temperatures near freezing. Me and my brother were wrapped up but were being buffeted by 50mph gusts of wind.
‘It was pretty scary. It was dark and noisy and we didn’t get a wink of sleep.’
His father, also Daniel, said: ‘Round about 4am they were both so scared they almost called a halt but they were able to get through it.
‘Daniel called me on the mobile and we had a talk. He thought about the presents he would be able to buy for the children if they completed the challenge and they knuckled down.
‘When it got light everything felt much more positive. They were able to push on through and complete the challenge. We are so proud of therm both.’
Bruised: Daniel, left, and Calvin after their 2015 BMX gap-jump stunt, which resulted in injuries
Daniel, a pupil at Lewes Old Grammar School in East Sussex, has now raised more than £10,000 for charity. He began his efforts after he was in hospital for a toe operation.
‘I saw a lot of really poorly children and I thought about how I could help,’ he said.
He had the idea for cliff camping when he saw comedian Jack Whitehall doing it on TV.
High anxiety: Their ‘tent’ – a platform, circled, suspended from the clifftop
His previous fundraising ideas have included abseiling, a zipwire trip, a 50-mile cycle ride and BMX stunts.
In 2015 he and Calvin jumped a gap on their bikes – a stunt which saw Calvin break his front teeth and injure his arm. Martin Styring of Chestnut Tree House said: ‘Daniel’s kindness and ongoing support for the children we care for is inspiring.’
Mr MacDiarmid, a builder, said: ‘He just keeps on coming up with new ways to raise money.’