Firefighters Three Peaks fundraiser

A fireman from Brighton has challenged himself to the ultimate Three Peaks challenge, in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for Rockinghorse.

Donal McCloskey from Preston Circus Community Fire Station (pictured above, third from left) will tackle the UK’s tallest mountains and cycle a distance over 400 miles between each of them, all within 72 hours. He will start in Scotland to climb Ben Nevis before cycling into England’s Lake District to climb Scafell Pike and then continuing with a cycle into Wales to conquer Mount Snowdon.

All money raised will be donated to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton, of which we are a vital supporting charity. Not one to turn down a challenge, Donal has raised thousands of pounds for us in recent years by taking part in a number of extreme challenge events.

He was inspired to raise funds following the birth of his best friends son, Aiden Fallows, who was born premature in December 2013 and immediately transferred to the TMBU for emergency treatment.

Explaining his motivation behind the fundraising, Donal says: “When I first met Aiden he wasn’t much bigger than my hand, fighting for his life in the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton. The doctors, nurses and support staff worked tirelessly around the clock for four and a half weeks, and he then spent a further two and a half weeks in the neighbouring Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.

“Three and a half years later, his parents, dear friends of mine, are able to enjoy time with their son thanks to the incredible efforts of our local baby unit and children’s hospital. Still underfunded and under more pressure than ever, the TMBU and Royal Alex rely on charity donations from Rockinghorse to continue their amazing work. Please give what you can, however small – I will earn every penny!”

Donal begins his challenge on Saturday 1 July. To sponsor him, visit his online fundraising page; www.virginmoneygiving.com/DonalMcCloskey1. From all of us at Rockinghorse, good luck Donal!

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