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15-month-old Lauren to be remembered in six peak challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 13 September 2018

The Taylor Family from left Emma, Thomas, Lauren, Caitlin and Glen. Picture: Andrew Sabberton

The Taylor Family from left Emma, Thomas, Lauren, Caitlin and Glen. Picture: Andrew Sabberton

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A brave baby has inspired seven friends to scale the heights - six times in two days.

collecting chocolatey sustenance from sponsors Gnaw Chocolate, ahead of their six-peak challenge. Picture: Gnaw Chocolatecollecting chocolatey sustenance from sponsors Gnaw Chocolate, ahead of their six-peak challenge. Picture: Gnaw Chocolate

While most people are happy with either the Three Peaks Challenge or the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the Norfolk gang are doing both.

They are tackling the mountains for little Lauren Taylor, who died aged 15 months, after being born with a rare life-limiting condition, Patau syndrome.

Emma Taylor and her husband Glen went into Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNHU) in 2009 expecting their third child, but she was born with the condition.

Mrs Taylor’s brother Andrew Sabberton, 37, from Wroxham, said: “I can’t even begin to imagine how that news would’ve affected them both.”

Patau syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality; babies are normally born with 46 chromosomes, arranged into 23 pairs. Children with the abnormality have an extra copy of chromosome 13 in every cell of their body, which disrupts normal development, causing multiple organ defects.

Average survival time for patients is between seven and 10 days.

The family received support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which supports and cares for children with life-threatening conditions across the region.

Mr Sabberton said: “Lauren was a fighter and with help from the hospital and EACH, she made it home.”

Lauren died on October 30, 2010, and now seven friends of the family are raising money for EACH, which helped Lauren.

Mr Sabberton said: “EACH has outgrown their Quidenham home and are now building a new hospice that will be able to cope with the ever-growing help needed to support the palliative needs of families.”

Mr Sabberton will be joined by: Chris Yates, 46, of Brundall; Steve Reed, 37, of Eaton; Tom Hurd, 32, of Spixworth; Colin Jones, 56, of Keswick; Kevin Rooney of Taverham and Elliot Greenleaf, 24, from Norwich.

The gang will also have: Nick Powell, 48, of Thorpe; Kevin Bayes, 60, of Strumpshaw and Andy Docwra, 44 of Norwich driving them between locations and keeping their food and water stocks replenished.

Mr Sabberton said: “We will be taking all sorts of stuff to snack on during the challenge & the lovely people at GNAW chocolate in Norwich have given us granola bars for the adventure too.”

Gnaw have supported this challenge as EACH are Gnaw’s charity of the year.

They will set off on September 28, aiming to conquer Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in two days.

To donate go to Mr Sabberton’s Virgin Moneygiving page.

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