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Mountain quest for police officer

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

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

A police officer is set to turn tragedy to triumph by undertaking a serious charity challenge.

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 which will see him climb the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales all within a 24 hour period.

Alongside colleague PC Paul Price from the custody team and a group of their friends, the 28-year-old from Wigan, will undertake the challenge in memory of his son, Daniel.

PC Harrison and his wife Christine tragically lost their son Daniel, who was stillborn at 24 weeks on June 1, 2012.

He 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.

“When Daniel was born we held him in our arms and treasured the short time that we had with him.

“Christine had to give birth to our son at 24 weeks knowing that he would never lead the life that we hoped and dreamed of.”

Half of the money raised by PC Harrison and the team as they scale Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, will go to the national SANDS charity, which provides support to those affected by stillbirth and neonatal death as well as promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

PC Harrison said: “As part of the support we got we were given a memory box donated to us by SANDS which we treasure and it helps us remember those precious moments with our son.”

The other 50 per cent will go to the Wigan and St Helens district of the Sands charity.

PC Harrison said: ““I want to do this challenge in memory of Daniel.

“I hope that the money raised will help research the reasons behind stillbirth and neonatal deaths and also provide support for other bereaving families.”

Currently PC Harrison has raised 20 per cent of the intended £1,500.

But they hope to smash this target with the help of sponsors.

If you would like to sponsor PC Harrison, visit www.justgiving.com/harrison13.

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