An Albion fan is fundraising for St. George's Hospital.
A Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holder is aiming to complete over 67,000 burpees by the end of 2016 to help raise money for those that saved the lives of his twin sons at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting.
Craig Peters set himself the challenge of completing 67,161 burpees by adding one on each day of the year – one burpee on the 1st January, two on the 2nd January, and so on.
This meant that by the 31st May Craig had already completed 11,628 burpees. In December alone he will have to complete just under 11,000.
The motivation behind Craig’s challenge is to help raise money for the New Kit Appeal, which includes raising £25,000 for fetal endoscopic equipment at St George’s Hospital.
In February 2014, at week 20 of their pregnancy with identical twin boys, Craig and his wife Kyrie, were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome [TTTS], something which occurs in just 10% of multiple pregnancies.
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TTTS affects only identical or monozygotic twins who develop from the splitting of a single egg during the first 14 days after fertilisation, and who also share a placenta - monochorionic twins.
In a TTTS pregnancy, the flow of blood in the placenta vessels between the twins is out of balance, resulting in one twin getting too much blood; this can put a strain on the heart and lead to heart failure. Whilst the other can receive too little and affect their growth and survival.
As a result, the pair had to undergo emergency laser surgery - if they did nothing there was a 90% chance they would lose their boys.
Craig said, “We appreciate we are one of the lucky ones, but there are families out there experiencing the rollercoaster ride of TTTS, sometimes with very tragic consequences.
"The burpees are obviously getting very tough, but what’s driving me is both the huge levels of support I’ve been getting, the constant thought of what the hospital did for us, along with the thought of other parents going through TTTS.
"It is a heart-breaking disease and I just want to do my bit so the hospital can gain access to new fetal endoscopic equipment. We are eternally grateful to the doctors who saved the lives of our boys.”
For anyone wishing to sponsor Craig's Burpee Challenge then please click here or follow his Twitter profile @ForTheBoysTTTS.