Six-year-old ready to climb Snowdon

CHARITY CHALLENGE: William Leighfield, aged six, with his dad Steve and friend Georgina Cook, five. 1213274201

CHARITY CHALLENGE: William Leighfield, aged six, with his dad Steve and friend Georgina Cook, five. 1213274201

First published in News

A SIX-year-old boy hopes to scale new heights when he attempts to climb the highest mountain in Wales to raise money for a children’s charity.

William Leighfield, from Eckington, was inspired to take on the challenge and raise some money by his dad, Steve, who is running the London Marathon next month.

Mr Leighfield owns The Bell in Eckington, near Pershore, with his wife Kerry and he is running in aid of Whizz Kids, which provides disabled children with specialist mobility equipment.

William has also caught the fund-raising bug, already adding £200 to his dad’s collection of more than £1,000.

Mrs Leighfield said she was very proud of her son and his friend Georgina Cook, aged five, from Birlingham, who will be joining him for the ascent.

“He has been quite inspired by the fund-raising,” she said. “For a while he has been asking if he can do something to help the kids.

“They have already raised £200 after just one week.

They are doing really well.”

It was a television programme that gave the youngster, who goes to Eckington CE First School, the idea to climb the nine miles to the top of Mt Snowdon with the hills of Worcestershire not providing enough of a challenge for the adventurous youngster.

“He watched a programme about Snowdonia,” said Mrs Leighfield. “And then came out that he wanted to climb Snowdon. I said what about Bredon Hill or the Malverns?

But he has orchestrated it all and talked his schoolfriend into doing it so we are going.”

The group will take on the mountain on April 4 or 5, weather permitting, and Mr Leighfield will be running the marathon on Sunday, April 21.

To support Steve, William and Georgina visit justgiv ing.com/steveleighfield

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