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Daring nine year old climbs Snowdon

Nine year old Jack decided out of the blue he wanted to do something for charity. 

He wanted to do something for a charity that had touched his family in some way. Jack chose to raise money for Southampton Hospital Charity’s Intensive Care Unit, as in October 2013 they had cared for Jack's great nan Florence Cornick before she sadly passed away. 

When his parents asked him what it was he wanted to do to raise money, and he promptly said climb a mountain!

Mum, Nina Hinchliffe, explains: “After some careful research with his dad, John Cornick, he decided that he wanted to climb Mount Snowdon so a date was set.

With Jack being a cub with 1st Aldermoor, he already had the majority of the outdoor gear he needed so it was a case of just getting some last minute bits together. 

Saturday 20 September, jack and his dad set off for Snowdonia National Park. 

When they reached the base of Snowdon, they made their way to the start of their chosen track, the Pyg track. Jack did amazingly well and didn’t really have that many pit stops! 

He took some flowers, with the intention of laying them at the summit for his nan, however it was really busy, so to avoid others trampling them at the top, he decided to scatter the petals on his way up.

After only three hours and 50 minutes they made it to the summit! 

Jack had taken a picture of his great grandparents with him so he could have his picture taken at the top with their picture too. 

They spent an hour at the summit, having well and truly earned something to eat and drink in the cafe there. 

Jack's grandad Cornick is unbelievable proud of him as are his dad, myself and the rest of the family. 

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So far Jack has raised an amazing £544.33, well above the target he set himself of £150.

He is already planning his next venture for 2015, wanting to raise money for the neurological department at Southampton General Hospital.”

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