July 14, 2024

A six-year-old boy has climbed the UK’s 12 highest mountains, the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest, for charity.

Having already scaled Scafell Pike and Snowdon, respectively the highest peaks in England and Wales, Oscar Burrow made it to Ben Nevis’s summit at 13:00 BST.

The boy from Lancaster, who has raised more than £31,000 for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, wants “poorly children to go on holiday”.

Oscar told dad Matt he now wants “to be the youngest person to climb Everest”.

Mr Burrow said he and his son had set off about 08:00 “in glorious sunshine” and had hugely enjoyed the final leg of their journey.

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Oscar Burrow with his dad Matt

Speaking ahead of his final climb, Oscar said: “It’s the biggest mountain in the UK and there might be snow on the top.”

Oscar was given a special award by staff at Derian House, which provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children across the North West of England, as a thank you for his hard work.

“I got a very special badge and I want to take it to school,” he said, adding: “I want poorly children to go swimming on their holiday.”

Oscar spoke of many favourite moments during his challenge.

“(When I did Helvellyn in the Lake District), I almost blew off and grandad and daddy had to hold on to me”, he said.

Oscar said he liked climbing Glyder Fawr, in Snowdonia, because “it was really steep and you have to climb up sections with your hands”.

Oscar trekking through snowIMAGE SOURCE,MATT BURROW/PA WIRE
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Oscar and his dad braved deep snow while climbing Cairn Gorm

He added that he found climbing Cairn Gorm, in Scotland, the “hardest” because of the deep snow.

“We made a giant snowball bigger than me and rolled it down the hill!”

Mr Burrow said: “Oscar has always been active, he plays rugby, swims, rides [a] bike, he has this crazy endurance and never ending energy.

“He had been learning about Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to conquer Mount Everest, in school and decided that he wanted to be the youngest to ever conquer it,” said Mr Burrow, 38.

“I explained to him why this might be a little bit tricky, but I didn’t want to dash his dreams, so we came up with a plan to climb the highest mountains in Great Britain.”

Oscar has also been accompanied on his quest by his 37-year-old mum Kim, and grandad Mark, 67.

His three-year-old sister Ada has also made several appearances.

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Oscar loves sharing the great outdoors with his family

Kerry Pritchard, from Derian House, thanked the “courageous superstar”.

“Oscar is very brave and we’ve been enjoying seeing photos of him at the top of each mountain.”

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