A 9-year-old boy walks in London for 12 hours to raise money for a children’s hospital

A 9-year-old boy walks in London for 12 hours: A 9-year-old boy is set to walk across central London for 12 hours overnight to raise money for a children’s hospital.

Barney Thomas, from Bristol, will be accompanied by his father Darren Thomas, 36, and godfather Bradley Hackett, also 36, as they tackle what they call a ‘midnight march’ around the British capital.

The trio, who have undertaken three fundraising challenges in the past, are raising money to provide play equipment for Bristol Children’s Royal Hospital after Barney was born with two holes in his heart.
He underwent a “life-saving” operation at 11 months old and continues to help the hospital with his charitable efforts.
“I’m nervous and excited and I think the hardest part is staying awake,” Barney told the PA news agency.

A 9-year-old boy walks in London for 12 hours
Nine-year-old Barney Thomas will be walking through central London with his relatives for 12 hours to raise money for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (Darren Thomas/PA)

I had two holes in my heart when I was a baby and they (Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital) gave me a life-saving operation.

Their upcoming challenge will see them leave London Paddington Station at 6 pm on December 22nd, and walk to iconic landmarks such as Wembley, Big Ben, the Shard, Bridge Bridge, and Brick Lane before returning to the station at 6 am to get their First train home on December 23rd.
Mr Thomas, Network Rail’s chief operating officer, told PA: “I’m proud to have a little boy who cares.

He is proud of his fundraising and we look forward to seeing that day together.
To prepare for the challenge, Barney said he would stay up all night on December 21st and then sleep during the day on December 22nd.

Barney and his father Darren Thomas surfing in Cornwall
Barney and his father Darren Thomas surfing in Cornwall (Darren Thomas/PA)

When asked what motivates him, Barney said he would put on ‘Oasis’ and Mr Thomas added: ‘He loves Liam Gallagher.’

Mr Thomas said Barney was a month old when two holes were found in his heart.
He underwent surgery 10 months later and Mr Thomas said Barney woke up immediately after the operation.
He said: “It was like someone flicked a switch, he was red in the face and he ate the whole Twister ice lollipop – he was really happy.”
“We are truly grateful to The Children’s Hospital and the charities they work with.”

To find out more information, visit Barney’s fundraising page at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/barneysmidnightmarch

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