Doing Three Peaks for Theo

Theo Ball at home before his latest operation.

Theo Ball at home before his latest operation.

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This team of intrepid climbers have a mammoth challenge ahead of them – they will climb the three highest mountains in the UK in just 24 hours.

But their challenge is nothing, they say, to that faced by young Theo Ball, who lost his leg in a motorway accident last year.

Climbers Jim and Claire Cassidy and Gareth Culley with driver Dave Brettle and team medic Pete Winterbottom who are doing the Three Peaks for Theo in July.

Climbers Jim and Claire Cassidy and Gareth Culley with driver Dave Brettle and team medic Pete Winterbottom who are doing the Three Peaks for Theo in July.

That’s why any money the team raises will go towards Theo’s treatment and future prosthetics.

And to raise the profile of Three Peaks for Theo, as well as more money for the cause, the North Wales-based team is visiting Blackpool this weekend to take part in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run. Member Claire Cassidy said: “We thought if other people are willing to help us out by doing it then the least we can do is join in too.”

Claire and her husband Jim, were at the scene of the accident on the M6 at Wigan on April 1 last year, and Jim administered first aid to Theo, who was just six years old at the time. He said: “It was a very emotional time.
“We stayed with him until he was airlifted to hospital, and our drive back was a sombre one. But we feel rather attached to him now and we’re friends for life with the family.”
Claire and Jim will be joined by Gareth Culley, Dave Brettle and Pete Winterbottom as they climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales on July 2. They will walk 24 miles, climb 1,000 feet and drive 450 in one day.

“Failure is not an option,” Jim said.

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