Parents of former pupil with MS to embark on charity drive
22nd July 2016

Parents of a former Rydal Penrhos pupil are set to embark on a marathon drive around the British Isles in aid of charity.

Tim Barnett was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis aged 34 after learning of the condition following a routine eye test, and mother and father Philip and Catherine have been busy raising funds to combat the disease.

Their latest trek will see them attempt to drive 3,150 miles in 18 days around the coast of Great Britain in their 45 year-old Morris Minor.

They have set a target of £15,000 which will be donated to Cambridge University’s centre for Myelin repair.

The parents said: “This was a huge shock to Tim and his wife Emma and obviously something you could not prepare for just a couple of years into married life.

“At the time Tim was a maths teacher at Cheadle Hulme School, and worked until June 2015 when he was forced to retire due to ill-health.

“This is a body blow when you’re under 40, a family breadwinner and a dad to a lively three-year-old boy.

“Since we set up the Buxton and Glossop Friends Fighting MS, we have raised more than £43,000 and this number continues to grow with every passing week.”

Rydal Penrhos’ charity committee have helped their cause throughout the years, and presented them with a cheque for £4,291 after a series of fundraising events.

The drive will see the pair take in sights at Deganwy, Fort William and Margate.

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