A RUGBY man is leading a team to Britain’s highest peaks in memory of his nephew.
Andreas Kattou, his brother Stelios and six of their family and friends have united as Team Angelo and are preparing to climb Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis in 24 hours on Saturday to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Manchester.
In August last year Stelios’s wife Elena gave birth to twins Louis and Angelo at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. Angelo was born with a heart condition and was transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The family were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Manchester while Angelo was in intensive care.
Andreas, who works at chip shop Fish Plus in Bilton Road, said: “We know it will be strenuous and extremely emotional, but the reason we are doing it is motivating us all the more.
“All seven members of Team Angelo are extremely excited about the challenge but some more apprehensive than others.”
The team’s initial target was £5,000 - but they have already made more than £8,000, so are now aiming for £10,000.
Andreas added: “I would like to thank my friends and family and my customers at Fish Plus chip shop on Bilton Road for all their generosity. Without their donations we would not have been able to raise vital funds for the Ronald McDonald House where my brother, his wife and Angelos twin brother, Louis, were able to spend there precious last moments with their son and brother.
Stelios said: “Without the Ronald McDonald House I don’t know how we’d have coped with travelling to Manchester everyday or with a hotel. They provided us with clean, comfortable accomodation and all for free.
“Anyone with children will understand not only the worry of seeing your child unwell but also how scared children can be without their parents near to them. Living on site means that parents can be at their child’s bed side day or night.”
Sadly after four weeks in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Angelo passed away but Team Angelo are determined for his memory to live on.
Andreas said: “This whole experience has been amazing so far and the whole team has encouraged one another to their limits. We’re all looking forward to this amazing challenge. Go Team Angelo!”
If you would like to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/angelo-kattou or text ANGL99 to 70070. People can also donate money at Fish Plus.