Monday, 15 August 2022

Boy, seven, climbs Mount Snowdon for charity

A BOY of seven conquered Mount Snowdon for charity in memory of his godfather.

A BOY of seven conquered Mount Snowdon for charity in memory of his godfather.

David Stobie, of Deanfield Road, Henley, took three hours to climb 1,085m to the top of the Welsh mountain, accompanied by his mother Sarah and aunt Helen Stacey.

He was raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Calum Jack, who lost his battle against cancer in January at the age of 41, and has already raised more than £1,000.

He took more than three hours to reach the summit and about two-and-a-half to make the descent.

David said: “When I started to climb the mountain I didn’t feel very confident but when I got to the top I thought ‘now I can climb back down, it’s going to be easy’.”

He is looking forward to telling his friends at Trinity Primary School in Henley about the adventure.

David said: “I think they’ll say, ‘that’s amazing’ because I don’t think anybody in my class has climbed a mountain before. School taught me to show courage.”

Mrs Stobie, 35, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “We were making David understand all about cancer, cancer research and the charities and were explaining you can do fundraising events to help them when he decided he wanted to climb a mountain to raise some money.

“I think the climb was a suggestion from his aunt, who has done some mountain climbs before.

“He was apprehensive and excited, not really knowing what was ahead of him and how long it was going to take, but on the day we couldn’t actually keep up with him — it was amazing!

“The first 20 minutes of the climb is one of the steepest parts and the terrain is quite rough.

“Coming down again we had torrential rain as well so it wasn’t the bbest of conditions. There was pretty much no visibility from halfway up.”

David wore a T-shirt with the words “Climbing in memory of my godfather Calum” on the front.

Mrs Stobie said: “There is a café at the top of the mountain and people were noticing the T-shirt he was wearing and literally emptying their pockets of change and giving him money.

“It was a great achievement. He was over the moon. He couldn’t believe he had actually done it.”

The trio was forced to walk all the way back down because the train that takes climbers back was full but they were joined by David’s grandmother Gloria Stacey, who had caught the train up.

At the bottom, David signed a memorial book for Mr Jack, who lived in York.

A plaque with Mr Jack’s name engraved on it will be placed at the bottom of the mountain and a daffodil will be planted by children in his memory.

After last month’s climb David and his family had a five-hour drive home, arriving back at about 11pm, where Mrs Stobie’s husband, also called David, had stayed with their daughter Isabella, five.

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