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Garstang footballer’s raise thousands for Royal Preston Hospital’s life-saving work

Posted on - 16th May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Garstang, Health, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Sport, Wyre News
Joe, second left, and his National Three Peaks team with their Children’s Fund donation.
Joe, second left, and his National Three Peaks team with their Children’s Fund donation. Pic: LTHTR

A team of former Garstang football players have raised over £7,500 for the children’s fund at Lancashire Teaching Hospital

Joe Miller, 34, ex-centre half and former reserve team co-manager planned the fundraiser as a way to thank the staff at Royal Preston Hospital who saved the life of his baby daughter, Isobel. 

The group tackled three consecutive climbs of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in under 24 hours, only accomplished by 40 per cent of those who try the challenge.

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The team took five hours to climb Ben Nevis.
The team took five hours to climb Ben Nevis.

Joe said: “It was a surreal experience that included a mixture of endurance and teamwork, which helped us beat the clock to raise some amazing funds for a very important charity.”

He was joined by his ex Riverside teammates Andrew Ireland, Andrew Taylor, Carlo Matichecchia, Joe Crook, Michael Shepherd, Matthew Johnston and David Porter as well as father-in-law Dave Richardson.

Joe’s dad Fred Millier, stepfather-in-law Karl Coulter and Phil Hall shared the driving and support in between.

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The team reached the top of Scafell Pike in 3.5 hours.
The team reached the top of Scafell Pike in 3.5 hours.

Joe continued: “We’re all good, tired bodies but all okay. Unfortunately, Dave, my father-in-law, didn’t quite manage it as his legs gave up on him up Scafell. 

“But for us all as a team, including our three drivers, there’s a great sense of achievement and an even a greater sense of gratitude to everyone who supported us in donations and good wishes.”

Last year, aged just five weeks old, Joe’s baby daughter was battling to stay alive after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

After doctors put her in an induced coma, Isobel had to stay at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for 10 days.

She has now made a full recovery and is ‘thriving’. 

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The team at the bottom of Mount Snowdon after completing the challenge.
The team at the bottom of Mount Snowdon after completing the challenge.

Lucy Clark, charity team fundraiser said: “It really is a fantastic achievement by Joe and the lads to have conquered the National Three Peaks within 24 hours as it is something that few people manage. 

“To have raised such a fabulous donation is also a major feat given the current economic climate. We are truly very grateful to everyone involved whether a climb team member, driver or donor.”

To find out more or make a donation you can visit the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals website.

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