Up and down the mountains for Tom in charity challenge

Tom Thomson, from Deepcar, with sons Sam and Ben who have both been treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital. Now he is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the hospital to say thank you.
Tom Thomson, from Deepcar, with sons Sam and Ben who have both been treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital. Now he is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the hospital to say thank you.
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A DOTING dad is taking on a mountain challenge to raise money for the hospital where his two sons have been treated.

Tom Thomson was inspired to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital after his sons Sam and Ben received treatment there.

Sam, now five, spent the first two weeks of his life on the high dependency unit after he was found to have an irregular heartbeat.

When he was just six months old he had to have an operation after being diagnosed with laryngomalacia - a condition in which the tissues at the entrance of the larynx collapse into the airway when a child breathes in.

Devastatingly his little brother Ben, three, was born with the same condition.

Little Ben had to undergo surgery when he was aged one.

More recently he has also been diagnosed with coeliac disease - an auto-immune condition caused by intolerance to gluten - so his treatment at the hospital continues.

Tom, aged 38, and from Deepcar, said: “We’ve had our fair share of worry with both boys but the hospital and staff have been absolutely amazing, we owe them.

“The Children’s Hospital will be my charity for life.”

Tom aims complete his mission up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours on Friday July 8.

Log on to www.justgiving.com/tomthomson3peaks to sponsor Tom and help him achieve his £500 target.