Bad weather can’t stop Stamford team’s peak challenge for baby Edwin

From left: Karen Palmer, Ivana Tolfree, Marion Shaw, Lucy Chitty, Richard Shaw, Colin Pipe, Andrea Blackwell and Alison Jones
From left: Karen Palmer, Ivana Tolfree, Marion Shaw, Lucy Chitty, Richard Shaw, Colin Pipe, Andrea Blackwell and Alison Jones

A TEAM of fundraisers battled wind, rain and even hail on Saturday to raise more than £3,000 for a baby charity.

Andrea Blackwell, 35, of Chatsworth Road, Stamford, and a team of family and friends climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District to raise money for Headstart4Babies.

Andrea’s son Edwin was born with plagiocephaly, commonly known as “flathead” syndrome.

This meant his head grew into a deformed shape because of his position in the womb. Despite one in 30 babies suffering from the condition, the NHS does not offer treatment for it.

Andrea and the team scaled Scafell to raise money and raise awareness of the condition. She said: “We got to the Lake District and it started raining and just didn’t stop.

“We had to reassess our climb and decided to follow other groups up the hill because of the dangerous conditions so we took a more strenuous route than planned.

“Just before we got to the summit the visibility got so bad we thought we might have to turn back. We were following a compass and couldn’t even see where the summit was. Then suddenly we were there and we had made it.”

In the team were Edwin’s grandmother Marion Shaw and his uncle Richard Shaw.

Eight-month-old Edwin has had treatment for the condition and wears a helmet 23 hours a day to shape his head as it continues to grow and develop.

Headstart4Babies has helped pay for the two helmets Edwin will wear until he’s 14 months old. They cost £2,000 each.

The money raised will go towards paying for Edwin’s treatment and to help other families who cannot afford to pay for the treatment themselves.

Andrea said: “I think in years to come when Edwin sees what we have done to raise money to help him he will be proud of us.

“His daddy, Darren, would like to take him up Scafell Pike one day to show him what we did.”

The next fundraising event in aid of Headstart4Babies will be held at the Children’s Garden Nursery in Silver Lane, Stamford, on Saturday where there will be a Family Open Day between 10am and 2pm.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/edwinblackwell

Friend Ben Lockett will run the Rutland Water Marathon in November in aid of the charity.