Thomas Hefford

Mountain Climbing For Rainbows

Fundraising for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
£4,720
raised of £4,000 target
by 148 supporters
Climb Snowdon 7 Times in 4 Days, 25 May 2024
We are Rainbows Hospice, our mission is to support the children that need us most

Story

Raising money to support Rainbows who provided support and guidance whilst navigating a very challenging time following the birth of our third child, Alfie.

The Mission

I have set the challenge to Climb Mt Snowdon enough times to have a total ascent equivalent to Mt Everest across 4 consecutive days comprising 6 individual routes, 7 total climbs.

Total ascent >6,000 metres

Total Walking Distance >80km

Estimated Climbing Time > 40 hrs

Fortunately, I won't be doing this challenge alone - with Mr David Bailey now confirmed!

Alfie's Story

Born on 12th January at 33 weeks and 4 days, Alfie suffered a traumatic birth, requiring immediate resuscitation.

He was revived, although suffered issues affecting his brain, heart, lung, kidney and liver. After being transferred to the regional specialist – Leicester Royal Infirmary, where the diagnosis was “Severe Hypoxic Brain Injury”. Unable to breathe on his own, suffering seizures and requiring sedation to help with the discomfort & pain.

After consultation, we prepared ourselves and his two sisters (4 years and 2 years at the time) for the worst. Expecting him to survive only a short time, Alfie was taken off the ventilator. Then the minutes and hours started to roll past.

Slowly but surely, Alfie began to get stronger. The seizures reduced, heart rate normalized, breathing strengthened and blood pressure improved.

Following 4 days “living” in a single small room at Leicester Royal Infirmary, he was transferred back to our local hospital and 2 days later, he was transferred home for Palliative, End of Life care.

Although still considered Palliative, Alfie continues to demonstrate his strength and determination, continuing to fight on. He has started to grow and put on weight – with small improvements being noticed as the weeks progress. The diagnosis is life limiting, and we're enjoying the time we have with him.

I wish to raise money for the charity who provided critical, much needed support in those first few days and weeks, whilst continuing to support now. This includes the "Single Point of Contact 24/7" Service, recently introduced.

About the charity

As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, we brighten the short lives of babies, children and young people who come to Rainbows. We want them to have fun and make special memories. We are also here to support their loved ones through the most difficult times of their lives.

Donation summary

Total raised
£4,719.22
+ £914.00 Gift Aid
Online donations
£4,719.22
Offline donations
£0.00

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