Little Rose inspires dad’s gruelling trek

Rose Mee
Rose Mee

A dad is taking on a gruelling charity challenge in honour of his young daughter who has a condition which means she must wear splints on her legs day and night.

Andy Mee, aged 30, will join his friend, Jaume Escoriza, and 12 others on the national Three Peaks Challenge on May 3 in an effort to raise more than £3,000 for children’s charity Hemi Chat.

He has been inspired by his four year-old-daughter Rose, who has a form of cerebral palsy called Hemiplegia.

“I see the challenges my daughter has to face every day and the hard work she has to put in just to keep mobile.

“I felt I should do something to show how in awe of her I am,” said Andy, who lives with his wife, Ellen, also 30, Rose, and her two-year-old brother John Joseph, on Laycock Avenue, Gringley on the Hill.

Rose has mobility problems and undergoes daily physiotherapy and regular hospital appointments.

Andy said: “If she can push herself to the limit every day and not complain, then so can I.”

The challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours.

Ben Nevis in Scotland which measures 4,409ft is the highest mountain in Scotland, Scafell Pike is 3,209ft and the highest mountain in England, and Snowdon in Wales is 3,560ft. All have to be scaled and the gruelling challenge includes more than 26 miles of walking and nearly 10,000 feet of ascent.

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