Three peaks, seven people and one dog

02 Jun 2016

On Sunday, the dedicated Sykes family and friends (and dog!) took on Yorkshire’s Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for mesothelioma research at St Bartholomew’s.

The Sykes family, friends and dog Tim Sykes and Bella the dog

The 12-hour, 25-mile trek across the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside was in memory of Jonathan – husband, father, uncle and friend. And their fundraising has taken on added poignancy after the news that Jonathan’s mother has recently received a similar diagnosis.

 “I want to say a big thanks to everyone that has donated recently,” said Tim. “Most importantly, we’ve raised over £4,000 now for Barts Charity.

“This has far exceeded expectations and quite honestly blown us away. Thanks also to my family for working so hard with the fundraising – including a pub quiz and bake sale.”

It’s not the first event the Sykes’ have tackled – Tim and three friends, aka “Team Endeavour”, took on the Rock Solid obstacle course in 2014, so collectively they’ve now raised a fantastic amount for the mesothelioma research fund.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of mesothelial tissue, that most often starts in the lungs. It’s commonly associated with exposure to asbestos at an earlier age.*

Our mesothelioma research fund at Barts Hospital examines patient responses to treatments, and new ways of treating patients – aiming to improve patients’ quality of life and extending survival rates.

The Sykes family added: “We want to ensure that, through Barts Charity’s mesothelioma research fund, any future sufferers might stand a better chance of a longer period of survival and ultimately a cure.”

We’d like to say a big thank you and well done to the whole team for all their fundraising in memory of Jonathan – it is an incredibly meaningful way to help the lives of future patients. In order from left to right on the main picture, they are: Tim, Bee, Rosa, Freddie, Alex, Katie, Mary, and of course Bella the dog.

For more information on our mesothelioma research, or anything else, please get in touch.

You can support our mesothelioma research and the Sykes family on their fundraising page.

*For more information on mesothelioma, please see the NHS website.

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