Devoted dad raises cash for baby unit

Battling rain: Andy and Lee, right, at the top of  Penyghent in horrendous conditions, raising cash for CRH's special baby care unit
Battling rain: Andy and Lee, right, at the top of Penyghent in horrendous conditions, raising cash for CRH's special baby care unit
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A devoted dad scaled the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for a hospital unit which cared for his premature twins.

Lee Kimber and his friend Andrew Naylor climbed the three peaks in 11 hours - and hour within the 12 hour challenge.

Special Care: Catherine and Lee Kimber hold little Heidi and Noah while they stayed at the unit

Special Care: Catherine and Lee Kimber hold little Heidi and Noah while they stayed at the unit

They were raising money for Calderdale Royal Hospital’s special care baby unit where his twins Heidi and Noah were born ten weeks early weighing 3lbs.

Staff at the hospital had spent 12 hours treating Lee’s wife Catherine to try and delay the labour, unsuccessfully.

Lee said: “The two tiny little bundles were given treatment in theatre before being rushed out through a side door.

“An hour later we got to see them for the first time, complete with incubators, drips and wires.

“It was four days before they could be held and five weeks before they could be fed without the use of a tube.”

But six weeks later - after many highs and lows - the twins were discharged, still weighing 5lbs and have now become happy, healthy two-year-olds.

Lee said: “We will never forget the time that they, and ourselves, spent in SCBU, nor will we forget the work that the staff of the unit do daily to give premamture and poorly babies the chance of a decent future.”

Despite torrential rain, the Lee and Andrew battled on and managed to complete the challenge.

Lee said: “It rained pretty much constantly, and each summit was in thick cloud and gale force winds.

“It ended up being 24.6 miles, and 5,303ft of climbing - about 1,000ft more than if we’d gone up Ben Nevis - and was totally exhausting.

“We have said we might go back on a nicer day and climb one or two f them to see the views we missed out on!”

The pair have managed to raise £725 for the unit. To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/LeeKimber.