Dad takes on Britain’s highest peaks to fundraise for Hospital Play Team

08 Sep 2017

Last year Jonny’s son Balfour was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma – a little known eye cancer - which resulted in the removal of his eye.

In July, Jonny assembled a team of 25 people to help him take on the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours to raise funds for the people who helped his son.

The team smashed their target and raised over £16,000 in support of the Children’s Play Team at Barts Health NHS Trust along with two other charities.

The Play Team engage the youngest patients in normalising and therapeutic play, helping to reduce children's anxieties about their treatment. Balfour is part of the Play Team's 'eye club' which BBC Three recently featured here:

Jonny says: "Gemma, who speaks on the video is amazing and we can't thank her enough. The Play Team made the whole experience of general anaesthetics and operations almost fun for Balfour which meant he wasn't scared in the hospital and didn't dread going in. Balfour is now cancer free and just like any other happy and carefree four year old.”

We’re so pleased to hear that Balfour is doing well and can’t thank the team enough for this wonderful fundraising achievement!

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