Footballer does ‘keepy uppies’ all the way to Mount Everest Base Camp

A football freestyler has climbed all the way to Mount Everest’s base camp – while doing keepy uppies.

John Farnworth took on the challenge following the death of his grandad, who suffered from vascular dementia.

Raising money for the Dementia and Alzheimer’s, Farnworth juggled a ball up the mountain for a staggering 10 days before returning.

John Farnworth

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Speaking about his journey on the BBC, Farnworth said: “I feel good. I had a little bit of sickness on the way back, but doing the challenge was fine, I think I just had my mind so set on it.

“But yeah, coming down was weirdly harder because I felt a little bit sick. But now I’m fine, and awake. I don’t know what it was, it’s likely to be something with the water and the food, because it was a bit different.”

Revealing the biggest challenge he faced on his journey, the freestyler added: “The last two days were by far the hardest. The first bit of the trek was longer distances, which I was used to, but I wasn’t used to the terrain, the altitude and the cold.”

Farnworth has so far raised just shy of £5,500 (accurate at the time of reporting), which will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Writing on his Just Giving page, the freestyler said: “Earlier this year I lost my grandad to Vascular Dementia and I wanted to do something to help other people and families that suffer from the horrible disease of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“It was my grandad that got me into football, but more importantly taught me important lessons in life that have enabled me to follow my dreams and never give up.

“I really hope that you will be able to support me in the challenge and this will help others that suffer from this such debilitating condition. I want to raise awareness, help others and would be so grateful for your support.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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