Craig Peters

24hrs of burpees

Fundraising for St George's Hospital Charity
raised of £10,110 target
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Help raise funds for urgently needed equipment for our hospitals


Well, we try again. And again. And again!

In July 2018 I will attempt (for the second time) to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of burpees in 24 hours. 

In 2016 I completed over 67,000 burpees to help raise money for St. George's Hospital and on December 3rd 2016 I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of burpees in 24 hours. Sadly, I my body (and mind) caved in after nearly 6,500 burpees. We did FANTASTIC work last time raising nearly £17,000 which meant St George's were able to purchase a new fetal endoscopic machine which was similar to the one which treated our boys.

Without the expertise of the staff at St George's Hospital our twin boys would not be here today. In February 2014, at week 20 of my wife's pregnancy with our identical twin boys, we were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), something which occurs in 10% of multiple pregnancies.

TTTS affects only identical or monozygotic twins who develop from the splitting of a single egg during the first 14 days after fertilisation, and who also share a placenta - monochorionic twins.

The placenta has a web of blood vessels connecting the twins with the mother and which usually allows an even flow of blood and nutrients to each of the embryos. 

However, in a TTTS pregnancy,the flow of blood in these vessels is out of balance and, as a result, one twin gets too much blood, which can put a strain on the heart and lead to heart failure, and the other too little, affecting its growth and survival. 

As a result, we had to undergo emergency laser surgery - if we did nothing there was a 90% chance we would lose our boys. This techniquewas developed by foetal specialists at St George's and involves using a laser to burn and close some of the blood vessels in the placenta. With that said, even by going through the laser treatment there was still a one-in-three chance that both twins would survive, a one-in-threechance that only one would make it, and a one-in-three chance we could lose both.

We appreciate that we are one of the lucky ones and there are more and more people out there experiencing the roller-coaster ride of TTTS, sometimes with very tragic consequences. 

Please dig deep. We appreciate we are one of the lucky families but there are others out there who haven't been as fortunate as us. Let's help the hospital in order to help those families. 

About the campaign

Help raise funds for urgently needed equipment for our hospitals

About the charity

‘Better Care, Healthier Lives’. We are the charity that exists to support St George’s hospitals and the communities they serve. Every day, our work makes a real difference to patients, their families and friends and the staff who care for them.

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