LOSING a child is one of life’s cruellest misfortunes.
But determined Matt Carter is turning his grief into a message of hope to help a charity that has supported him and his partner Stacey Gill.
The 29-year-old and four pals will push themselves to the limit as they climb three mountains in 24 hours.
The challenge begins at 8am tomorrow when the team will ascend 1344m of Ben Nevis in Scotland.
Then it’s a ride down the M6 to Cumbria to climb Scafell Pike – a 978m peak and the highest in England.
At the point of exhaustion, they will then climb Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon (1,085m).
But the agony will be nothing compared to the past few months for Matt and Stacey since losing Noah, who was stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy on March 19.
Since then the couple have been receiving counselling from Sands, the stillborn and neonatal deaths charity.
Matt, who works at BAE Systems in Hilsea and lives in Winchester Road, North End, said: ‘It’s a massive shock.
‘You prepare yourself for happiness by introducing a new member of the family.
‘To have it taken away, it’s horrible.
‘The last few months has been a real struggle.
‘You never get over it, you just have to learn to live with it.’ Half of the cash will go towards a new memorial garden for stillbirths and neonatal deaths at Portchester Crematorium.
The rest will go towards research into stillbirths.
Matt said: ‘I have got pictures of Noah and I am going to bury one at the top of each mountain.
‘I will be getting to the top of those mountains one way or another, even if I have to crawl up.’
Luckily, the team have a driver, 54-year-old Kev Sims, so they don’t have to drive to each mountain themselves.
Matt, who climbed Snowdon – his first-ever mountain climb – three weeks ago, added: ‘We are hoping while we are walking he will sleep, and while he’s driving we can sleep.
‘Obviously it requires a degree of physical fitness and a bit of luck with the traffic, too.’
To donate to the team, visit justgiving.com/noahcarter3peaks