Dad’s trek to thank medics

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A DAD walked 18 miles between two South Yorkshire hospitals to raise money for them in gratitude for the care they gave his son.

John Reay, aged 58, of Carlton, Barnsley and his brother-in-law, Dave Booth, 46, of Mapplewell, walked the 18-mile round trip from Sheffield’s Hallamshire Hospital to Barnsley Hospital and raised £1,100.

They took part in the sponsored walk after John’s son Brett, 24, was treated at both hospitals for a rare condition caused by a rogue chromosome which killed off his white blood cells.

Brett underwent a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and radiotherapy - and his donor came all the way from the USA.

John said: “I wanted to do something to say thank you to everybody involved in Brett’s care.

“My friends, family and work colleagues knew completing the walk would be a challenge but it was something I was committed to do to show my appreciation.

“The staff were so kind and comforting on Ward 24 at Barnsley Hospital at a time of real anxiety for me, Brett and the whole family - I’ll never forget that.

“The treatment Brett has received at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been critical to his recovery and it’s thanks to both hospitals that he’s getting healthier every day.”

John and Dave completed the trek in five hours.

A Barnsley Hospital spokeswoman said: “It’s always really pleasing to find out a patient has had such a positive experience at the hospital that they, or their family, want to do something to say thank you.

“We’re very grateful.”