20141024_125654_resized_1Benji’s mum writes,

We wanted to raise money to buy some new climbing/play equipment for the younger members of the school.  Benji thought it would be a great idea to climb a mountain as it was an ambition of his to do this and it seemed in keeping with the climbing theme; as well as being a big challenge for a five year old!

He received sponsorship from friends, family and other members of the school community.  We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity.

Although we haven’t collected in all the money yet, we expect to have raised over £400.

We decided to climb Pen-y-Ghent which is in the Yorkshire Dales as it is quite near to where Benji’s grandparents live and we went to stay with them for part of half term.

We set out to climb the mountain on 22nd October but we had to turn back due to a bad turn in the weather. This was a bit disappointing but two days and a few prayers later on 24th we tried again and were blessed with making our ascent right between rain clouds under blue sky. Pen-y-Ghent is one of the Yorkshire three peaks and we were fortunate enough to have a clear view of the other two peaks, Ingleborough and Wernside, from the top where we enjoyed our well-earned lunch. Other walkers we met all commented how well Benji had done for one so young and even his little brother Caleb did some climbing too.

Benji really enjoyed it and thought it was fantastic to be on top of a mountain, out in the great outdoors; we are sure it won’t be his last climb!! He was a little tired by the end but it was well worth it.

We hope the new equipment will be finding its’ home in the school very soon – and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him!