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Academy coach to embark on 24-hour challenge

9 May 2024

Club News

Academy coach to embark on 24-hour challenge

9 May 2024

Mansfield Town Academy’s education lead coach Keiran Coupe will be embarking on an admirable fundraising challenge – climbing the UK’s three highest peaks in 24 hours – to raise money for his daughter Paislea, who was born with a cleft palate.

Keiran will be joined by Stags’ staff members Simon Ward, Luke Randall, Jamie Hardwick, Steve Chettle, Richard Cooper, Dave Waldie, driver Martin Mountain and Wayne Loseby from West Nottinghamshire College.

The challenge, which will take place on Tuesday 28 May, will see the group trek Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon within a 24-hour period.

All proceeds of their fundraising efforts will go to Trent Regional Cleft Palate, one of nine dedicated regional specialist cleft services in England.

Baby Paislea was born with Pierre Robin sequence, which has left her with a cleft palate and small lower jaw leading to airway obstruction.

Donations to the cause will fund essential workshops, activities and family days, providing vital support for cleft care patients and their families. Additionally, funds will be allocated to specialised equipment and team education.

The cleft team at City Hospital have played a vital role in Paislea’s heath care, supporting her on a day-to-day basis from the day she was born. They offer guidance and key resources along with helping Keiran and his wife Jenna care for Paislea.

Speaking to, Keiran said: “With what me and my wife Jenna have been through, I think it’s only right that we do give something back on this magnitude [the challenge].

“It’s a big feat and it’s going to be difficult for all people involved but it’s really going to benefit so many people in the long run.

“I think something like this is down to will-power. I don’t think you can prepare for a challenge such as this.

“Paislea was born with a cleft palate which is basically a hole in the roof of the mouth and means that her tongue naturally drops into that hole.

“When she lies on her back like all babies do, it blocks her airway which then leads to breathing problems.

“Sometimes we have to put a feeding tube in to keep her uptake in calories. It’s a long process.

“I really appreciate everybody that has donated and shared the GoFundMe page so far. It shows how respected we are as a family; my wife appreciates it, and my little girl will really appreciate it when she’s older and she realises what we’ve done for her.”

You can donate to Keiran’s GoFundMe page now by clicking here.

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