BEREAVED DAD WALKS 180 MILE NONSTOP FROM LONDON TO MANCHESTER IN 55 HOURS DURING RECORD BREAKING UK HEATWAVE IN MEMORY OF STILLBORN DAUGHTER
Ben Moorhouse (39) of Halifax successfully completed his 180-mile nonstop walk from St Thomas’s Hospital in London to the Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic and Research Centre in Manchester at Saint Mary’s Hospital in a time of 55 hours.
Ben started his journey at 10am on Saturday 16th July in London and completed the walk at 5:00pm on Monday 18th July in Manchester.
Ben did not sleep for over 50 hours, and he was supported by his support team of partner Gaynor Thompson, and drivers Adam Todd and Matthew Townsend.
What makes this extreme challenge even more extraordinary is that it was completed during the record-breaking UK heatwave.
Professor Alexander Heazell who is the Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre in Manchester joined Ben to walk the final 21 miles to Manchester.
In October 2018 Bens daughter Kallipateira was stillborn at 38 weeks of pregnancy in Calderdale and the couple then experienced a miscarriage in May 2019 at 9 weeks of pregnancy. Kallipateira’s death was fully preventable.
Ben and Gaynor launched their own charity to help save babies lives through research and support other parents who have experienced the death of a baby.
Following the stillbirth of their daughter and miscarriage they knew if they wanted to have the best chance of another child with a better outcome, they must be cared for by Professor Alexander Heazell of the Tommy’s rainbow clinic and research Centre in Manchester.
On May 23rd, 2020, Ben and partner Gaynor Thompson gave birth to their Rainbow baby boy Apollon in Manchester.
Apollon survived due to the love and specialist care from Professor Heazell and his team. The full pregnancy was a kept a secret from family and friends.
To help save babies lives nationally in the UK Professor Heazell and his team are now the main beneficiary of The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation.
Ben says “People have done this walk before over a week or more with hotel stops along the way. I knew this was going to be a huge test to do this in one go but when the record-breaking heatwave was announced I knew this was now going beyond extreme. I have walked in hot and humid weather previously before in Rhodes on my full island extreme challenge walk last summer where I was the first person to do this. I laughed at the predicted reports but during the extreme challenge the heat was incredible. Many of the roads were melting from underneath my feet – the tread from my trainers melted with the surface temperature. While the country was told to stay safe from the weather nothing would stop me in doing my daughter proud and raising the vital funds for research to help save babies lives. With no sleep for over 50 hours and with the heat this was the biggest mental challenge I have faced yet”.
Professor Alexander Heazell, Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre said
“The team at the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre are so grateful to Ben and Gaynor for their donations to support our work to reduce the number of babies dying and to improve care for parents. We are in awe of what Ben puts himself through to raise money, in memory of Kallipateira, so that other babies are born healthy and well”.
Ben set himself a £10,000 target and his current total raised is at £4223
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