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Seven-year-old conquers Snowdon for charity

A seven-year-old girl from Cheltenham has climbed Mount Snowdon to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK, the charity which grants wishes to critically ill children. 

Inspired by a friend who was granted a wish, Alice Jones first started fundraising when she was just four by having 12 inches of her hair cut off. Since then, Alice has held bake sales, sponsored hikes and fun-day events to raise around £3,500 for charities. 

On Sunday 30th August, she was up in the early hours to complete the nine-mile trek to the summit at 3,560 feet and back down in just over three and a half hours. 

Alice, who is described as a ‘miracle child’ by her mum, Shelley, was born two months prematurely and beat all the odds to survive.

Shelley herself has an undiagnosed condition and was told at 15 that she would never have children of her own. So, it came as “a nice surprise” 10 years later, when Shelley and her partner, Peter, found out that she was pregnant. 

Shelley said: 

Alice’s motivation to fundraise is such an inspiration to me. I can only imagine the things she will do for people and other charities in need in the future.

She hopes to make at least one child’s wish come true, giving their families quality time to make memories together. Just like she does with hers. 

We both understand what our happiness and joy do for each other and we want to do something for others who are not as lucky as we are. We admire the efforts Make-A-Wish goes to, to make the lives of poorly children a little easier.

Alice is hoping to raise £1,000 for Make A Wish UK and you can sponsor her here.

simon@simonfrancis.org

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