Dad to take on three mountains in memory of son

PUBLISHED: 12:45 08 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:45 08 August 2014

The Trek for Thomas team - Pete, Phil, Tom, Stu and Simon.

The Trek for Thomas team - Pete, Phil, Tom, Stu and Simon.

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A DEDICATED dad who suffers from arthritis is climbing three mountains and cycling 600 miles in memory of his son.

Thomas Craske.Thomas Craske.

Pete Craske, along with his brother Phil and friends, Tom Morris, Stu Whiting and Simon Bodman, will be cycling between Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and climbing each one in just seven days.

Pete, from Yatton, decided to take on the challenge to thank the dedicated staff at Bristol Children’s Hospital who cared for his son Thomas.

Thomas was diagnosed with total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD) just hours after birth in December – which meant the vessels carrying oxygen from his lungs to his heart were not connected on the left side.

Doctors operated and expected him to make a full recovery, but two weeks later he started struggling to breathe.

Lisa, Pete, Oliver and Thomas Craske at Bristol Children's Hospital.Lisa, Pete, Oliver and Thomas Craske at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Due to the TAPVD, Thomas was found to be suffering from pulmonary lymphangiectasia – a rare condition which causes lymphatic vessels within the lung to dilate and can lead to severe respiratory distress.

Thomas was rushed in for a second operation but his condition did not improve and he died in his parents’ arms on January 12.

Pete, aged 31, and Lisa, aged 30, now want to raise money to thank the exceptional team at Bristol Children’s Hospital, who gave them five special weeks with their son.

Pete said: “To see the work they do in the intensive care unit firsthand was just absolutely incredible.

“We really want to do this as a way of thanking them and making sure others who find themselves in that situation can receive the great care we did.

“It also made us realise how lucky we are to have such supportive friends and family who’ve rallied around us and jumped to help with anything.”

Two years ago Peter could barely walk due to crippling arthritic pain, but thanks to a combination of swimming, personal training and medication the keen sportsman is now looking forward to the Trek for Thomas.

He said: “It’s so nice to know something so positive is coming out of such a horrible and sad event and that others will benefit. It’s certainly helped Lisa and I to get through it.”

The team will be setting off on their gruelling feat on August 23. Pete and Lisa, who have a two-year-old son Oliver, are also holding a Grand Party in Backwell School in October to thank everyone who has supported them.

The money raised will go to the Thomas Craske Star Tribute Fund, which will be split between the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

To sponsor them visit www.trekforthomas.co.uk or to donate a prize for the raffle at the Grand Party email petecraske@hotmail.com

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