17th June, 2020
Lesley, our lovely foster carer based in the Midlands recently got in touch to share a an incredible story about D who is placed with her. D took part in The Big Clim and climbed his stairs 517 times, which is the equivalent to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis (elevation: 1,345m). The aim was to raise money for the NSPCC and help vulnerable children during these difficult times. He started very well with the first 65 climbs completed in 20 minutes. He was going strong and reached 100 by 08.35am. After a short rest, he carried on and had completed another 100 just under an hour later. The sugary sweets helped! Dedicated to carry on, by 10.32am he had completed another 100. A total of 300 upward climbs (not including downward climbs)! Poor D started to get carpets burns but after a little delay and armed in his new trainers, he was ready to smash the next 100! By 11.40am, he had completed another 117 climbs. Please note, that he is actually walking double the distance as it only includes upward climbs (we're worn out just writing this!). Another 100 climbs after lunch and it was job done, D was smashing it! 13:36pm - 517 climbs (and 517 descends) completed, now on the final climb and D was still doing 2 step strides. The distance D had climbed was the equivalent to Ben Nevis, all to help children at risk of abuse. The NSPCC had this to say to him: "Together we've made a huge difference to the lives of children, which are particularly challenging for some during the recent period of lockdown. Since the start of January, Childline has delivered almost 7,000 counselling sessions to children and young people who have got in touch about the coronavirus. We have also heard some distressing stories from children who have had suicidal thoughts and talk about feeling trapped and isolated. But it's thanks to your generosity that we can make sure these children aren't going through this alone. Your support can help us keep Childline running – making sure this life-saving service is still here for children." D is an incredible inspiration to us all. You are a star! If you would like to donate to D's cause, please click here to visit his donation page.