Cheadle Hulme Boy Tackles Highest Peak For Charity

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A 7-year-old boy from Cheadle Hulme has helped raise funds for a children’s charity.

Joseph Hibbert climbed Ben Nevis to raise cash for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity.

He has been fundraising for the charity since he was three years old, after seeing a video about it and decided he wanted to do something for the children at the hospital.

He has taken part in six races – including running 5k before the age of five – and raised thousands of pounds.

This year he decided to up the ante even further by climbing the 1,345-metre high Scottish mountain.

His mum Shelley Hibbert said: “We were a bit concerned as the weather forecast wasn’t great.

“We got chatting to a guide in the hotel the night before and he said once you get halfway you’ll know if you can make it to the top.

“We got to the halfway point and it wasn’t actually too bad, just a bit drizzly. But when we got three-quarters of the way up, the weather really turned – there were winds of up to 80mph and it was hailing.”

Shelley says Joseph has well and truly caught the fundraising bug. He is already planning to do another challenge next year and wants to get other children his age involved.

So far his Ben Nevis climb has raised over £6,000, smashing his original target of £1,500.