Stuart Connor will attempt to break the current nine-hour lambing shearing world record later this month in memory of his daughter.
Grace passed away at the age of three from mitochondrial disease – a chronic illness that occurs when mitochondria fail to produce sufficient energy for cells to function.
“In March 2018, my gorgeous daughter Grace was taken ill with vomiting and an uncontrollable seizure; this was sudden and frankly terrifying,”Connor explained.
“This didn’t stop us assuming she would be absolutely fine; the medical profession today can fix nearly everything, and she was a fit, healthy and very active three-year-old.”
Grace was later diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. “2 weeks into our stay at the hospital things were looking up, until the world fell at our feet and Grace went into respiratory arrest and we were now in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.”
"Grace was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease on April 21st, 2018, she passed away peacefully in our arms on April 23rd." he added.
More than 867 lambs
In order to claim the world record title, Stuart must shear in excess of 867 lambs. “The number of lambs required to be shorn to set a new world record is 868. By rights, if this is broken, it will also set a new British record.” the professional shearer said in a statement.
He will undertake nine hours of shearing over a 12-hour period at Fern Hill Farm in Somerset on September 21st and funds raised will go to The Lily Foundation, Supporting Team Grace.
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