Following the heartbreaking passing of his two-year-old brother, Reuben, just three months ago, 8-year-old Harry is set to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks – in a touching tribute to his late brother.
Dedicating three whole days this month to the challenge, the young boy will scale a peak a day in a bid to raise vital funds for a number of charities, each of which supported his brother while battling an extremely rare disorder – one which claimed the life of Harry and Reuben’s older sister almost a decade ago.
Rueben passed with his family by his side, with Harry declaring he would climb a mountain in his honour shortly after his death. Now, that promise is coming to fruition – and the determined little chap needs all the help he can get to raise money for his chosen charities; Sandcastle Trust, Julia’s House, Naomi’s House, Ronald Mcdonald and the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.
His JustGiving Page – set up by loving other Sophie Byrne – reads: “Harry will scale a peak-a-day, starting with Pen-y-ghent (2,227 ft), Whernside (2415 ft) and Ingleborough (2,372ft). The challenge will start on Monday 11 April and finish on Wednesday 13 April. If you’re able to join Harry on his challenge, your support will be extremely appreciated.
“Harry was the best big brother and young carer to Reuben. He would hold the oxygen if Reuben had a seizure, he would cuddle and make Reuben laugh. He truly loved him.
“Reuben was born with an extremely rare condition, so rare that is has not been given a name and there have been less than 20 cases recorded globally. Due to the complexity of his condition, Reuben received support from both Naomi House & Jacksplace and Julia’s House. Five days before Christmas, Reuben sadly passed away.”
Harry’s parents took on the Three Peaks Challenge following his older sister Olivia’s death many years ago, an act that has inspired Harry to follow in their footsteps. Harry has so far raised almost £40,000 for charities, undertaking a number of challenging walks over the past year.
So far, Harry has raised over £1000 for the cause, with a £5000 target currently set for his challenge. Find out more and donate here.