Family raise fantastic sum for charity

A group of fundraisers have scaled Ben Nevis in memory of a boy who had been born with cerebral palsy and passed away three years ago.

Family and friends of Jack Shears had set out to conquer Britain’s tallest peak with the aim of raising £4,000 for the children’s charity Special Kids.

The 4,411ft ascent took place earlier this month on what would have been Jack’s 13th birthday.

The much-missed youngster, from Clacton, Essex, had lived with quad cerebral palsy, a form of the movement disorder which meant that he was unable to either speak or walk.

Sadly, following a string of complications in relation to his health, Jack died three years ago.

The Ben Nevis challenge was organising by his older sister Angie, who was joined by 15 relatives and friends.

While their effort suffered a setback after a collection tin was stolen during a burglary last month, the theft didn’t stop their march to the peak a few weeks later.

Angie, aged 30, said: “We thought the climb would be easy, but it’s awful terrain and was a real struggle – there was snow from about half way up.

“But with the memory of Jack and the support of each other, we all pushed ourselves to make it to the top despite 60mph winds.

“We will always remember it and it was a great way to remember Jack on what would have been his 13th birthday.

“We were left quite upset following the burglary that someone would take charity money, but so many generous people contributed after that.”

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