Daring dad returns from charity trip of a lifetime

John Barnes, 51, finished a momentous trek to Everest base camp in order to raise funds for the Jessop Wing Special Care Baby Unit.
John Barnes, 51, finished a momentous trek to Everest base camp in order to raise funds for the Jessop Wing Special Care Baby Unit.
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ADVENTUROUS dad John Barnes is back from the trip of a lifetime - which he undertook to raise money for the hospital unit which supported him through the most traumatic experience of his life.

John, aged 51, completed a momentous trek to Everest base camp to raise funds for the Jessop Wing Special Care Baby Unit.

The staff at the unit pulled out all the stops to provide care and support for John and his wife Betty, 53, when their twins Jake and Thomas were born there 17 years ago.

Tragically their newborn son Jake died within nine hours of being born, despite every effort made to save him.

John, who has raised more than £2,000 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity so far, said: “The staff at the Jessop Wing went way beyond the call of duty in caring for all of us at such a traumatic time.”

Their son Thomas, an aspiring sport physiotherapist, is now 17 years old and lives with his parents in Treswell Crescent, Hillsborough.

John and Betty said they were are extremely proud of the man he has become, although Jake is never far from their thoughts.

John fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he finished the exhausting 78km round trip to Everest base camp.

He told The Star: “I have never given anything back to the hospital in all those years.

“This is my chance to give something back to the unit and raise money for the much needed specialist equipment and care these newborn children need.”

n John, who works at an engineering firm, is still accepting donations. To donate to help other newborn babies get all the help they need, log-on to www.justgiving.com/john-barnes95.