Fundraising begins to say thanks for care and support

NOW that Crosby appears to be out of the woods, his doting dad Andrew has started a fundraising campaign to rake in cash for wards at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), who cared for his son, and Crawford House (The Sick Children’s Trust).

He has joined forces with a team from Hartlepool Mind to tackle the Three Peaks challenge – scaling the three highest peaks in Britain, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, in 24 hours on September 16 and 17.

He originally set a target of £2,500 but has so far managed to raise more than £3,000 so he is now aiming his charity-cash sights even higher.

Andrew said his twin brother Ian, 34, will join him on the challenge if he manages to raise £10,000 in sponsorship.

Andrew, who will be tackling the challenge alongside friend Stefan “Wain” Wright who works for Hartlepool Mind, said: “It is Hartlepool Mind’s initiative and I am really pleased that they have let me join their fundraising drive.

“Walking up three hills in 24 hours seems like the least I can do by comparison to what our little man has been through.

“It will be a challenge, but the biggest is being away from him for the time it takes. Our friends and family have shown an unbelievable level of support, it has been overwhelming.

“Also the support shown by the nursing staff, surgeons and doctors has been fantastic and it helped keep my wife sane while she lived in the hospital for nearly six months.”

Andrew, who has been swimming, jogging and climbing Roseberry Topping in preparation, added: “Jill and I will never be able to thank enough, all of the people who have helped and supported Crosby since his birth, there have been well over 100, but giving something back is now the mission so that other families can continue to benefit from the excellent work they do.

“Also the many, many people who have already donated and helped spread the word have been amazing.”

The money raised will be divided between the Tiny Lives specialist baby unit, the children’s intensive care unit and the surgical ward which are all based at the RVI and Crawford House (The Sick Children’s Trust), which is based at the RVI and helped support the family.

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