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Weʼre raising £7,500 to raise money for John Barber

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As you may be aware, John was travelling south-east Asia in the summer of 2015 when he contracted Japanese encephalitis. This extremely rare disease has had a devastating effect on John's life and that of his family.

On the 18th August we will be beginning our challenge to climb the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland and... cycling between them! Over the course of the 5 days we will be cycling 500 miles and climbing over 11,000ft of mountain. Whilst the prospect of taking on this gruelling challenge is daunting we hope it will generate the support needed to finally get our friend John back home. Please donate and share to help us achieve this!

Japanese encephalitis is a rare mosquito borne tropical virus which severely affects the brain and spinal cord, affecting movement, swallowing and breathing. Of just 70,000 acute cases worldwide each year one third die, one third fully recover over time, and one third are left disabled. In John's case, while he is able to move his head, some fingers and to a small extent his legs he is currently wheelchair bound.

While all this has been devastating for John and all who knew him it looks an even starker position when thinking what a sporty, athletic, intelligent and personable man John has always been. John has always enjoyed life so much and lived it to the full.

However John seems to remain positive and keeps on smiling! This is showing what we all know to be John's great enjoyment of his friends, true character and fighting spirit!

While currently still in a rehab facility John is now hoping to move back home where he can have more bespoke rehab therapy, be free for social visits and enjoy his friends and family.

We are therefore looking to John's future and what he may need as he moves forward. We want to raise money to help him with whatever those needs may be. This may be rehab therapy needs, accommodation needs, specialist equipment, John's transport needs etc. We hope as things move forward this will help John to enjoy and get the most out of his life.

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    • Beth Bailey

      Beth Bailey

      Aug 20, 2018

      Good luck boys! Sending all the best to John x


    • Neil Brotherston

      Neil Brotherston

      Aug 20, 2018

      Amazing effort lads - smashing it.


    • Will Mardle

      Will Mardle

      Aug 20, 2018

      Good luck!


    • Paul Heaney

      Paul Heaney

      Aug 20, 2018


    • Tom Robinson

      Tom Robinson

      Aug 20, 2018

      All the best Joe and team - good luck, what a great thing to be doing and a wonderful cause. Much love Tom, Ness, Edie and Jude x


    • John Ratcliffe

      John Ratcliffe

      Aug 20, 2018


    • Anonymous


      Aug 20, 2018

      Have heard about what happened to you. I know joe pimblett. Hope you fulfill your dream to get home. Wish you the best of luck.


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