BEN MOORHOUSE COMPLETES 206 MILE NONSTOP EXTREME CHALLENGE WALK FROM EDINBURGH TO MANCHESTER
Ben Moorhouse (40) of Halifax has successfully completed his 206-mile nonstop extreme challenge walk from Edinburgh Castle to Manchester in a time of 59 hours.
On Saturday July 15th, 2023, Ben set off from Edinburgh Castle at 7am and was joined at the start by the Depute Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh, Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron. Ben was supported on the extreme challenge by his support team of Gaynor Thompson, Jason Croft and Adam Todd.
On a weekend where torrential thunderstorms were forecast, Ben was faced with high levels of surface water across much of the Scottish terrain and battled through constant downpours walking day and night with no sleep.
Professor Alexander Heazell met Ben 28 miles from Manchester and joined him for the rest of the journey to Saint Mary’s Hospital.
Ben arrived at Saint Mary’s Hospital 59 hours after leaving Edinburgh to rapturous applause.
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. During the lockdown of May 2020 Ben and partner Gaynor had their rainbow baby – a little boy Apollon. During the pregnancy they were cared for by Professor Alex Heazell and the Manchester Rainbow Clinic at Saint Mary’s Hospital.
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.
To help save babies’ lives nationally in the UK Professor Heazell and his team are now the main beneficiary of The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation who support the Manchester Rainbow Clinic and Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre.
Ben said of his extraordinary achievement “Every day in the UK there are on average eight babies stillborn and many of these deaths could have been prevented. These are beautiful fully developed babies who should be alive. Professor Heazell and his team are saving babies’ lives through their work and pioneering research. I do thrive in hot and dry conditions so to face the deluge of rain for most of the 206 miles was horrendous. I faced severe pain at times in my legs due to injuries I but continued because of my daughter and Alex and the team. To walk with Alex on the final stretch made a big difference and he helped push me through those final miles. I met Alex because my daughter died and to walk side by side again with the man who helped our son Apollon come into this world alive is a special feeling. I would like to thank Dignity Funerals for your official sponsorship of the event .A special thank you to Kelly and the team at Bristol Street Motors in Halifax with by supporting us with the fantastic support vehicle.
A big thank you to all our other sponsors. Without your support the event could not have taken place. I also give a special thank you to Gaynor, Jason and Adam for keeping me safe and for for your love, care and friendship when I hit the low times. “
A £10,000 target was set for the extreme challenge and so far, £4441 has been raised.
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