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Brave dad’s 206-mile-walk to save babies lives will warm your heart

In an awe-inspiring feat of determination and love, 40-year-old Ben Moorhouse has completed an extraordinary 206-mile nonstop challenge walk from Edinburgh Castle to Manchester in an incredible time of 59 hours. 

On July 15th, 2023, Ben embarked on this arduous journey, conquering treacherous terrains, relentless downpours, and fatigue to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

Accompanied by the Depute Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh, Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron, Ben began his epic expedition at 7 am from the historic Edinburgh Castle.

Ben Moorehouse’s Charity Walk

Throughout the relentless walk, he was supported by his dedicated team – Gaynor Thompson, Jason Croft, and Adam Todd – who ensured his safety and well-being during the gruelling challenge.

Rain can’t stop Ben Moorehouse

Ben Moorehouse

The journey was nothing short of challenging, with torrential thunderstorms adding to the difficulty.

Ben displayed unwavering determination, braving high levels of surface water in the Scottish terrain, and pushing through day and night without any rest.

Meeting Professor Alexander Heazell

Inspiringly, at the 28-mile mark from Manchester, Ben was met by Professor Alexander Heazell, who joined him for the remainder of the expedition to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

The emotional support from the very person who helped Ben and Gaynor through the loss of their stillborn daughter, Kallipateira, and subsequent miscarriage was invaluable.

Kallipateira’s tragic passing at 38 weeks of pregnancy was a devastating event for the couple.

Her death, fully preventable, led Ben and Gaynor to launch their own charity, “The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation,” aimed at saving babies’ lives through research and supporting parents who have experienced the loss of a child.

During the lockdown of May 2020, Ben and Gaynor were blessed with their rainbow baby, Apollon, who survived thanks to the exceptional care provided by Professor Alexander Heazell and the Manchester Rainbow Clinic at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation

Hard work!

As a testament to their commitment to saving babies’ lives, The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation now supports Professor Heazell’s team and the Manchester Rainbow Clinic, focusing on the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre.

Preventing Stillborn births

Ben working through all conditions

Speaking about his remarkable achievement, Ben expressed, “Every day in the UK, there are eight babies stillborn, and many of these deaths could have been prevented. Professor Heazell and his team are saving babies’ lives through their pioneering research.

“Despite facing horrendous rain for most of the 206 miles, I persevered for my daughter, Alex, and the team. Walking alongside Alex on the final stretch was a powerful experience, knowing that he helped bring our son Apollon into this world.”

To support the cause and help save babies’ lives across the UK, The Kallipateira Moorhouse Foundation set a £10,000 fundraising goal for the extreme challenge.

So far, they have raised an impressive £4,037.

But let’s see if we can get Ben over the line, Manchester.

Ben’s incredible journey has touched the hearts of many, and the story continues to inspire compassion and generosity.

To support Ben’s cause and contribute to the fight against preventable infant mortality, you can visit his JustGiving page by clicking here.

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