AMERY Hill School is opening its doors for a five-hour ‘Body Combatathon’ charity event next Saturday designed to raise money for two charities that have supported a baby boy called Stanley.

Stanley, whose family live in Alton, was born with a congenital malformation of the diaphragm.

He has congenital diaphragmatic hernia and when he was born his parents, Beckie Piper and Philip Roberts, were told he had a 50-50 chance of survival and was not likely to live beyond a few days.

But since July Stanley has received respiratory treatment in Leicester, which is one of four hospitals in the UK able to offer treatment for acute respiratory failure, and while there had his congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair.

Stanley was transferred back to Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) where he went from strength to strength and has recently gone home to be reunited with his big brother and family life.

Organised by Clare Westwood and led by Angela and Paul Beer, both qualified group fitness instructors, the combatathon at Amery Hill School will raise money for the Friends of PICU in Southampton and the Heart Link Children’s Charity, which supports families who have a child suffering from a heart defect.

Both charities also seek to provide vital medical equipment and improve facilities for young patients and their families.

Tickets for the event are priced £20 with participants encouraged to raise further funds by seeking sponsorship. There will also be a raffle and a display of classic and modern sports cars and classic triumph motor bikes.

The body combatathon will take place at the school from 1pm-6pm on November 28.

For more details or to buy a ticket, call Clare on 07545 392039.