On the 9th March 2013 I became the proud father of Niamh Alice Snook, my first child. From the moment she was born I knew that I needed to get back into shape to keep up with her a she grew. I also knew what unconditional love could feel like, and the instant bond that we shared is something that will never leave me. Since Niamh’s birth my wife and I have had another daughter called Mia, and our little family is complete.
Amber was born on the 19th May 2011. Steve and Louise are genuinely two of the most lovely people to have walked the earth, and Amber was a perfect addition to their family. Amber was a beautiful, happy, easy going little lady who sadly fell ill when she was just 12 months old. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neurobastoma, which left her completely blind and fighting for her life. Amber, Steve and Louise then spent the next year almost permanently in hospital with Amber. Tragically, little Amber lost her fight against Neurobastoma on the 24th June 2013, aged 2 years old.
I was lucky enough to find out exactly hard an Ironman can be in September 2015 when I successfully completed Challenge Weymouth Ironman, raising £7320 for Chestnut Tree House, the hospice that helped care for Amber towards the end of her life.
My fundraising exploits continue to this day, ever motivated by the amazing work that Chestnut Tree House does and the story of Amber and many children like her.