Father and son raise £5k by walking to Mount Everest base camp in memory of relative Taylor Fish

Bournemouth Echo: TRIBUTE: John Fish and Matthew Fish at Everest Base Camp TRIBUTE: John Fish and Matthew Fish at Everest Base Camp

A FATHER and son from Ensbury Park have raised £5,000 for a brain tumour charity in memory of their eight-year-old relative.

Taylor Fish lost his life to a brain tumour after collapsing suddenly at a birthday party last February. Rushed to Southampton Paediatric Care, Taylor was diagnosed as having a brain stem tumour. He passed away three days later.

Taylor’s granddad John, 53, started walking following the bereavement, but wanted something more challenging to pay tribute to his grandson and raise awareness of brain tumours.

He decided to make the journey to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, joined by his son, Taylor’s uncle, Matthew Fish, 20.

During training, John climbed Snowdon six times, Scarfel Pyke, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, the Spanish Pyrenees and the French Alps, while Matthew cycled 25 miles at a time. They set off on their challenge in September in aid of south west brain tumour support charity Hammer Out, which has helped the family since they lost Taylor.

The pair survived seven days of climbing, fatigue, uncomfortable sleep, cold conditions and severe headaches.

John said: “I am convinced that Taylor was with us every step of the way which gave me great comfort, and the drive to get up every day. As we made progress, I could feel Taylor urging us on, giving me a spiritual push when I needed it and saying ‘Come on Grandad!’”

After reaching their destination, John took a final climb to the summit of Kala Patthar, a mountain close to base camp, where he built a stone memorial to his grandson.

He said: “Our memorial will form part of the scenery and remain there for the spirit of this wonderful little boy to bask in every morning. The experience finally brought me some peace and acceptance.”

The funds raised by John and Matthew will be used to help patients and their families who are facing a brain tumour diagnosis.

Taylor’s family has set up a fundraising and awareness website to keep his memory alive.

Find out more at trust-taylor.co.uk

Donations can still be made at justgiving.com/trusttaylor

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2:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

echor23 says...

Well done. What a lovely story and well done for raising awareness of brain tumours. My mum had a brain tumour 14 years ago and I also wish I go to everest base camp in the next few years.
A lovely symbol to build the stone memorial there. Best wishes.
Well done. What a lovely story and well done for raising awareness of brain tumours. My mum had a brain tumour 14 years ago and I also wish I go to everest base camp in the next few years. A lovely symbol to build the stone memorial there. Best wishes. echor23

3:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Yes, a very well done to the fellas.....nice to have a feel good story for a change.
Yes, a very well done to the fellas.....nice to have a feel good story for a change. O'Reilly

6:55pm Mon 20 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Why not keep fund raising home here in britain and save the big expense of going abroad
Why not keep fund raising home here in britain and save the big expense of going abroad pete woodley

6:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Why not keep fund raising home here in britain and save the big expense of going abroad,a nice cause but would have raised more money at home.
Why not keep fund raising home here in britain and save the big expense of going abroad,a nice cause but would have raised more money at home. pete woodley

8:37pm Mon 20 Jan 14

dizzy1982 says...

The money raised was for here in the uk. The cost of the trip was made personally. My son suddenly passed away and we have been trying to raise awareness of dipg (brain stem tumours) and that's what you have to moan about???? I wouldn't wish my hurt on my worst enemy and all I have left is to keep the memory of my boy alive and help raise awareness
The money raised was for here in the uk. The cost of the trip was made personally. My son suddenly passed away and we have been trying to raise awareness of dipg (brain stem tumours) and that's what you have to moan about???? I wouldn't wish my hurt on my worst enemy and all I have left is to keep the memory of my boy alive and help raise awareness dizzy1982

11:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

You have my full sympathy over your son but wouldnt the charity have appreciated the money spent on travelling.
You have my full sympathy over your son but wouldnt the charity have appreciated the money spent on travelling. pete woodley

12:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

HammerOutmedia says...

As the charity involved, we would just like to reassure Pete Woodley that we are delighted with John's fundraising approach.

As you can see from our website - www.hammerout.co.uk - there are many activities and challenges which we organise, often in the UK but some also abroad, that supporters get involved with in order to raise money. Without these sources of inspiration and motivation to gain sponsorship we, like most charities, would not be able to fund our work.

Awareness and understanding of brain tumours and their life-changing effects, and support for those affected is severely underfunded. We receive no government funding and rely wholly on our own fundraising efforts and voluntary donations.

It is also important to realise that as a charity we are here to support patients and families coming to terms with the devastating impact of a brain tumour and sadly also bereavement, and this was a very personal journey for John and Matthew which was part of coming to terms with that loss.

Anyone who has ever lost someone very close to them will understand how we each tackle grief very individually, everyone finds their own way and we recognise the importance of that and work with this in the support that we provide. Hammer Out are simply grateful for the continuing generosity of the whole of the Fish family for all they are doing to help others, especially when they are going through such a difficult period in their own lives.

If John's story has inspired anyone to raise funds, lend their support or join in an event, we would love to hear from you. Every penny raised will make a difference to brain tumour patients and their families.
As the charity involved, we would just like to reassure Pete Woodley that we are delighted with John's fundraising approach. As you can see from our website - www.hammerout.co.uk - there are many activities and challenges which we organise, often in the UK but some also abroad, that supporters get involved with in order to raise money. Without these sources of inspiration and motivation to gain sponsorship we, like most charities, would not be able to fund our work. Awareness and understanding of brain tumours and their life-changing effects, and support for those affected is severely underfunded. We receive no government funding and rely wholly on our own fundraising efforts and voluntary donations. It is also important to realise that as a charity we are here to support patients and families coming to terms with the devastating impact of a brain tumour and sadly also bereavement, and this was a very personal journey for John and Matthew which was part of coming to terms with that loss. Anyone who has ever lost someone very close to them will understand how we each tackle grief very individually, everyone finds their own way and we recognise the importance of that and work with this in the support that we provide. Hammer Out are simply grateful for the continuing generosity of the whole of the Fish family for all they are doing to help others, especially when they are going through such a difficult period in their own lives. If John's story has inspired anyone to raise funds, lend their support or join in an event, we would love to hear from you. Every penny raised will make a difference to brain tumour patients and their families. HammerOutmedia

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