Ten-year-old boy from Bentley climbs Ben Nevis for EACH
PUBLISHED: 10:11 20 October 2016
A young boy has raised almost £800 to help sick children by climbing Britain's highest peak.
Ten-year-old William Willis, of Bentley, made it to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland with his dad Paul in five hours 45 minutes.
On Tuesday the youngster handed over a cheque to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at The Treehouse in Ipswich.
The money will fund 20 music therapy sessions for a poorly child.
William’s mum Jo Willis said her son, who finds it hard to concentrate on tasks because he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), decided to take on the challenge in aid of EACH after seeing a little boy having treatment at Ipswich Hospital.
“I’m very proud of him,” Mrs Willis added.
“He didn’t give up and to have the mental capacity to keep going, we are really pleased that he did it. It’s fabulous.
“William would like to thank everyone who sponsored him.”
The family had a fundraising target in mind of £500, so they were over the moon to reach £775.
One donation of £35 came from a group of fellow climbers who the father and son team met at the top of the mountain.
In the future William, who has a five-year-old brother, Harry, aims to take on Three Peaks challenge, which involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours.