Heart op man set for charity Everest trekBy Jennie Slevin
March 11, 2013
A Sandhurst man who underwent two major heart operations by the age of 13 is preparing to trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Jeremy Barber of Merton Close, Owlsmoor, is taking on the challenge to raise money for Heartbeat House charity, which gave his family a place to stay while he was in hospital.
By the time father-of-one Jeremy, who suffers from congenital heart disease, became a teenager he had been admitted to Southampton General Hospital for two operations.
With his family home more than an hour’s drive away, Jeremy’s parents were given a place to stay at Heartbeat House.
The 30-year-old, who works at TRL in Crowthorne, said: “I’m hoping to raise a minimum of £3,850 as that’s how much the fundraising company I’m going with needs. But I don’t want people to think I’m just going for a jolly so I’d really like to get more than £4,000.”
Jeremy’s trip to Nepal, booked for November 2014, will see him trek from 5km to 15km every day.
He said: “I’ve been walking to work once a week and play football and squash to get fit.
“I got worried as I was only 30 and weighed 15st 5lb but I’ve already lost two and a half stone since June last year.”
Over the next 18 months Jeremy will be holding quiz nights, bake sales and car boots to raise money.
For more information visit www.basecampbarber.co.uk or to sponsor him log on to www.justgiving.com/basecamp2014.