Grandfather to scale Three Peaks in memory of Max

Darren Barnes, Tony Payne, Jim McCrone and Paul Finlay preparing for their Three Peaks challenge
Darren Barnes, Tony Payne, Jim McCrone and Paul Finlay preparing for their Three Peaks challenge
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A grandfather is preparing to scale new heights to raise money in memory of his late grandson.

Jim McCrone has teamed up with three friends to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in honour of grandson Max, who was born three months premature with surviving twin brother Kai, now two.

Despite being given excellent care, Max sadly died one week later.

Jim is a member of Bannatynes Health Club in Wellingborough, and they are backing him and the team with more than £250 already raised with a three-day charity event including aqua polo and a spin-a-thon.

The money will sponsor the Wellingborough men to tackle the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in a bid to raise money for Action Medical Research.

Jim said: “My daughter Hayley gave birth to twin boys on June 17, 2011, in Peterborough General Hospital.

“Even with the magnificent care the twins received in the special care unit, little Max was not strong enough and passed away one week later on June 24.

“Kai was a little fighter and got through some tough times over the following months before being transferred to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs, where he was cared for until he was allowed home in the September.

“We could not begin to find the words to thank the doctors and nurses and all the dedicated staff in the special care unit for the care they gave to both babies.

“All of our donations for the Three Peaks Challenge will be gratefully received by Action Medical Research for children.”

Action Medical Research for children is dedicated to saving and changing lives through medical research.

The organisation has spent more than £100m funding breakthroughs and they continue to look for support to continue with their work.

The Wellingborough group will begin its challenge on July 5 at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands.

After scaling Ben Nevis, the team will head to the Lake District to climb Scafell Pike before driving to North Wales to tackle the last of the three peaks, which is Snowdon.

Karl Kerin, regional manager at Bannatyne’s in Wellingborough said: “The efforts of Jim and his friends is outstanding and we are very proud to have them as members at the health club.

“Jim is raising money for a very good cause close to his heart and it was an honour to raise money in memory of baby Max.

“Everyone at Bannatyne’s wishes the group the very best of luck with their challenge.”

Click here to support Jim and his team with the Three Peaks Challenge.