Dad to walk Yorkshire 3 Peaks for 1-year old daughter

By April 24, 2018News
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On 1st September 2018, Andrew Stokes will complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge to raise money for Warrington Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, who looked after his daughter, Grace, for several months after she was born.

Grace was born prematurely at just 26 weeks at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, until she was eventually moved to Warrington, where she stayed for a further 12 weeks before being allowed home. Almost a year later, Grace still requires oxygen equipment to help her breathe and receives ongoing support from the oxygen nurses at Warrington.

“As Grace approaches her first birthday, I decided it was time for me to get up and do something as my way of saying thanks,” said Andrew, who is from the Latchford area of Warrington.

The challenge consists of the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. The route is 38.6km and includes 5200ft of ascent.

Andrew previously climbed Snowden three years ago with his sister, Hannah, and her friend, Becky, both of whom will also be completing the challenge in September.

All money raised will be split evenly between Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Warrington Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

“Without the skill and care of those who supported Grace from birth to the day she came home, our family life would have been very different. I felt it was important for me to raise funds as a way of helping others who find themselves in a similar situation and support the hospitals that supported our family. Without the support of the local community, people may end up losing out on the joy of bringing their child home for the first time.”

Helen Higginson, fundraising manager at Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Andrew is a true inspiration, and we are very fortunate to have such kind supporters wishing to give thanks to our hospital staff & resources.

“Please support Andrew in his quest to make a difference and help provide additional comfort, care and experiences to our future patients.”

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