10-year-old beats high peak

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A 10-YEAR-OLD has raised £763 for cancer charities by climbing one of England’s highest peaks.

Sam Sharp, of Mildenhall, climbed 950m to the summit of Helvellyn with his dad, Lee, on July 26 to raise money for Children with Cancer and MDS Leukaemia.

Sam himself was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, but has been in remission for four years. His grandfather was also diagnosed with the disease and died earlier this year.

Sam scaled the mountain in memory of his grandfather and left a stone on the Wainwright Pile at its summit for him.

His mum, Sarah Sharp, said: “He said it was hard work, he said it was really high – it was quite a shock for him to see how high he was up.

“He is pleased he has done it, he had a lot of people supporting him and he wanted to do it.”

Sam started the climb at 10am, reached the summit at 2.15pm and met his mum at ground level at about 5.30pm.

Sarah said: “I’m very proud of him I was worried about him until he was back – the three people who went with him were quite shocked that at his age he did it.”