Chorley policeman takes on 3 peaks challenge in son’s memory

This Is Lancashire: LOSS: PC Paul Harrison LOSS: PC Paul Harrison

A Chorley policeman whose son was tragically stillborn is set to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for charity.

PC Paul Harrison, community beat manager for the rural areas in the East of Chorley, will complete the National Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday, June 7.

It will see him climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis with colleague PC Paul Price from the custody team and a group of their friends – all within a 24 hour period.

PC Harrison is raising money for the Sands charity, which supports those affected by stillbirth and neonatal death as well as promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

He was moved to help after he and his wife Christine tragically lost their son Daniel, who was stillborn at 24 weeks, on June 1, 2012. The 28-year-old, who lives in Wigan, said: “I have never done this challenge before – in fact I don’t usually do any walking – so it will certainly be a test for me.

“Losing our son was a traumatic experience for me and my wife. It was only after we had been through this that we realised how common stillbirth and neonatal death actually is.

“I want to do this challenge in memory of Daniel and I hope that the money raised will help research the reasons behind stillbirth and neonatal deaths and also provide support for other bereaving families.”

Half the money raised will go to the national Sands, the other half to the Wigan and St Helens branch of the charity.

To sponsor PC Harrison, visit www.justgiving.com/ harrison13.

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