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Carterton girl Sophie on mission to repay hospital for helping brother
2:30pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A TEENAGER is cycling 50 miles to raise money for the hospital which looked after her younger brother.
Sophie Barnes, 16, from Carterton, is hoping to raise £500 on her mission for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Sophie, who joins the Army in three weeks, will cycle a circuit from her home taking in Bampton, Lechlade and Burford.
Her younger brother Liam, now 14, was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis when he was just eight years old. The condition means he is allergic to many types of food. He had to be fed through a tube for several years.
Sophie, of Backen Close, said: “I wanted to do something before I went to the Army and my dad and I go cycling a lot, so I thought we should do that. I’ve got just over £400 at the moment.”
Her father Nick Barnes, who will join on her on the ride with family friends David and Scott Mortimer, said: “I’m really proud of her for doing this. It means a lot to her to raise money for the hospital which helped her brother.
“Liam was taken really, really ill when he was about eight and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford did what they could for him, but Great Ormond Street has helped him progress as he has got older and be a normal teenager.
“Sophie has always been really involved in Liam’s care and I think it was something she needed to do.”
Sophie is following in the footsteps of her older brother Ben, 18, who is already in the Army, serving as a rifleman in 3 Rifles.
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