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Ain’t no mountain high enough for fundraisers

21 Aug 2018 10:24:20
Charlie and Thomas Barker

A daring mum and her 10-year-old son scaled the dizzy heights of Snowdon to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Charlie Barker and Thomas Barker-Reaney, of Dronfield, spent just over nine hours climbing the 3,560ft mountain – the tallest in England and Wales – to raise £1,046. 

The gruelling challenge is part of a year-long series of fundraising events Charlie has planned with Thomas and friend Leah Lindley to thank Rotherham Hospital and Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity for helping their relatives through their battles with cancer. 

Charlie, 32, said: “Leah and I met at H L Brown and Son jewellers in Sheffield five years ago where Leah has worked with me on a photography consultancy basis for six years. We quickly realised we had lots of things in common, as did our families who sadly have battled breast, prostate, pancreatic and uterine cancers between them.

“We decided that we wanted to give something back to the organisations which have supported our families and many others so brilliantly.

“Thomas suggested tackling Snowdon in Wales. It was one of the most exhausting challenges I’ve ever done and I’m so proud of Thomas for his determination and enthusiasm to get to the top. He really was brilliant and he even had enough energy to have a dance once we’d got to the bottom.

“The beautiful scenery made it all worthwhile and it was so rewarding to see our fundraising page had risen to £800 while we were busy climbing.”

Charlie’s inspiration for the lofty challenge was her 64-year-old dad, John Barker who was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and Leah’s Mum, Josie Lindley, who was cared for at Rotherham Hospital and Weston Park following a breast cancer diagnosis. 

“Thanks to the care they have received, both John and Josie are fighting fit and we’re just so grateful for the care and support they’ve received,” Charlie said.

“We hope the money we raise will help our chosen charities to continue to provide the added extras which really make a difference to their patients and the amazing care our families received. That’s what has really inspired us.”

The fundraising trio have already surpassed their £1,000 target thanks to their Snowdon challenge plus a bake sale and raffle at H L Brown and Son Jewellers, Sheffield. 

Charlie, who works as a photographer at Apple Tree Hill and is a professional singer and musician, also has ambitions to write and record a charity single which she hopes to perform at a music concert to raise more funds. 

For more information about Charlie and Thomas’ Snowdon challenge, you can watch their video diary on You Tube here. You can also sponsor them via Just Giving here

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.