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Three Peaks challenge for Patrick



16 May 2018

Patrick, who featured in our 2017 Christmas Wishes appeal, passed away at age 16 from a seizure in May last year. Here Lydia Mitchell, who works at Patrick's school, talks about why she, as well as Patrick's parents and about 17 others, are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge for Epilepsy Society in memory of Patrick.

Patrick's parents, Lydia and friends stand smiling

Patrick was a remarkable, spirited and wonderful young man. He was deprived of oxygen at birth and as a result suffered from quadriplegic cerebral palsy - he could not speak, walk or feed himself. However, what he lacked in physical ability he more than made up for in character! His wicked sense of humour was admired by all who met him. He quite simply charmed everyone around him. He suffered terribly from epilepsy, particularly night seizures but never once let it hold him back. He may have been confined to a wheelchair yet he refused to be treated differently. His pure grit and determination combined with an incredibly supportive and thoroughly dedicated family meant he enjoyed life to the absolute fullest. 

Unfortunately, in May of last year we unexpectedly lost Patrick at the age of 16 to a seizure in Ireland where he was visiting family. His passing had a tremendous effect on many people not least of all his family at Newman School, which he attended for 10 years. 

Patrick smiles at the camera

As a school, alongside Patrick's family we have set ourselves the challenge of climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks - a walk of just over 24 miles starting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, climbing the three glorious peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We are none of us experienced ramblers nor are we anything amazing in the fitness department so a challenge it definitely shall be! We simply want to raise as much money as possible to support the amazing work carried out by the Epilepsy Society not only for Patrick but for the dozens of young people we care for and those around the world who suffer from Epilepsy.

If you would like to sponsor their three Peaks challenge, visit their JustGiving page.