Local resident takes on the ultimate challenge for his brother


An inspirational group will take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise awareness of the uphill struggles children face, with courage every day, living with cerebral palsy. The group are all members of the national children’s charity, Hemi Chat, which supports children living with hemiplegia cerebral palsy.

Taking part is Southport resident, Callum Sagar, 20, whose five year old brother, Hamilton Eyre, was born with Right Side Hemiplegia, following a stroke whilst in the womb. This debilitating condition affecting the left side of Hamilton’s brain leaves him with a weakness on his right side, needing to wear a AFO foot splint to help him walk and a Lycra splint for his arm to assist with using his motor skills in his hands.

The group are taking on the challenge on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year for hill walkers. They will cover more than 24 miles of walking at 10,000 feet, climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours. They will plant a Hemiplegia awareness flag at the top of each peak to make more people aware of this often unheard of condition.

Callum, from Virginia Street, said: “Although fatigue is a large part of Hamilton’s condition, he is always smiling and loves going to school at Larkfield. He has faces problems with delayed speech and has a short attention span but he doesn’t let it stop him – he is learning to swim and attends street dancing classes when he is can.

“I wanted to raise awareness and money for this fantastic charity which is run by parents and brings together more than 600 families affected by Hemiplegia, creating friendships between children who often wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet others living with the same condition and provides our family and others with vital support. “

Hemiplegia is a form of cerebral palsy affecting 1 in 1,000 people which is often caused by a stroke, before, during or shortly after birth. It can also lead to epilepsy, visual and hearing impairment and learning difficulties. Sufferers endure endless hospital appointments and daily physiotherapy to ease the stiffness in their affected limbs and many go on to have operations with long periods of rehabilitation.

Callum will be joined by his step dad and Hamilton’s Dad, David Eyre, who will drive the 450 miles route.

To sponsor Callum and support Hemi Chat visit

or text CALS95 to 70070. To learn more about Hemiplegia cerebral palsy, visit www.hemichat.org



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