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1st Dec, 2021

Dad-of-three who almost died from Covid-19 to scale Snowdon for the Primrose Hospice

A FATHER-of-three who nearly died after contracting coronavirus will scale Snowdon for the hospice which supported his family.

Last year, Leighton Webster was restricted to a hospital bed and fighting for his life with his family being supported by Primrose Hospice after being told to ‘expect the worst’.

After a long and hard road to recovery, Leighton will now fulfil a bedside promise he made to one of the nurses to climb a mountain together and get a picture at the summit.

And he will do it for the hospice which provided vital support to his eldest daughter Chloe, 11, and wife Emma through counselling from its family support team.

Leighton, from Redditch, said: “My eldest Chloe knew what was going on and is really close to me so for her I think it wouldn’t have been just losing a dad but a best friend too.

“While I was in hospital she had calls with Sophie from Primrose and was able to go to her own area and speak openly about things she wouldn’t want to put on her mum.

“Finding out they were providing such great support while I was in so ill hospital is why I wanted to give something back.”

The inspiration for the walk came after a childhood friend happened to be working at Alexandra Hospital and made a promise to Leighton.

Now the pair, along with Chloe, and other members of staff from hospital will take on the challenge of climbing Snowdon tomorrow (Saturday).

Lucy Perkins, community fund-raiser for Primrose, said: “Leighton’s story just highlights what a vital charity Primrose is.

“Leighton’s diagnosis was bleak so we were all so very happy when he miraculously managed to pull through and so pleased we could support the family at such a tough time. We wish Leighton all the best with his challenge and very much look forward to seeing that picture of him having conquered Snowdon.”

Visit justgiving.com/fund raising/leighton-bluewarrior to sponsor Leighton.

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