Charity climb for local couple

The Beltons SUS-150130-110620001

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The parents of premature twins are climbing the O2 to raise money for a charity which helped them when their boys were born at just 28 weeks.

Kirsty and Bo Belton live in Hailsham with their three-and-a-half-year-old twin boys.

They are climbing the 02 to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Brighton.

The 35-year-old mum said, “They were born in Portsmouth hospital as it was the only place that had two spare beds on the Neonatal Intensive Care Ward.

“Josh was 1lb 7oz and Dan was 1lb 15oz. We stayed there for 10 days while they found us beds for them at Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton and that is how we came to stay with the Ronald McDonald House in Brighton.

“We live in Hailsham and although it is only 30 minutes away, Josh was so very poorly often it was touch and go with him and I needed to be on the doorstep.

“Staying in the house meant I was two minutes away at all times, it also meant I had a support team there with the guys who run it and also other mums that were in the same position.

“It costs them £25 a night to house a family and they ask for nothing in return and that is why we want to do this event.”

Kirsty and her husband stayed with Ronald McDonald House for 10 weeks.

Kirsty added, “Without them we would of been away from our boys at a time when they needed us the most.

“This is a remarkable charity that needs as much support and help as possible, they are there for you when you need them.

“We will forever be indebted to them and this is a small way for us to try and say thank you.”

The couple will take on the challenge on February 16 and are hoping they will raise as much money as possible for the charity that is so close to their hearts.

Kirsty added, “We are both very nervous, especially 
Bo who is petrified of 
heights.

“We have been going to the gym to make sure we are fit enough for the challenge as I have a medical condition myself which means this is a challenge in itself to ensure I am fit enough on the day.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/KIRSTY-BELTON/ to sponsor the couple.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free accommodation for families with children in hospital.

It has 14 houses across the UK and helped more than 7,000 families in 2013.