INTREPID schoolgirl Alex Fairhurst is taking on a gruelling challenge for charity – at the tender age of just ten.
She is the youngest person joining the Peak District Mountain Challenge, trekking ten miles around Edale and climbing Mam Tor, this Sunday (17).
And Alex is able to pull on walking boots for the hike – to boost Marie Curie Cancer Care – after organisers gave special dispensation as the usual age limit is 14.
“Last year Alex came to me and said she wanted to do something for charity,” said proud dad Ian, who is walking with his inspirational daughter.
“She wanted to do the Three Peaks Challenge but is a bit small.
“I and Alex’s mum Sandra are proud as punch and want to give her all the support we can.
“It will be quite gruelling, we’ve gone walking in the Peak District before but not ten miles, and this is no regular ten miles but I am sure she will manage.”
Sporty Alex, who plays for Dronfield Town FC and attends New Whittington Primary School, has also raised £440.
Said Ian, of Dale Bank Crescent in New Whittington: “When we were setting an online fundraising target Alex suggested £1,000, which I said was a bit ambitious, so we went for £500 and are not far off that.
“As the day approaches I’m worried about what the weather is going to be like, because a ten mile hike in bad weather is going to feel a lot longer.
“Alex is fine and up for anything – I just hope I don’t slow her down too much.
“Any support from people would be very welcome.”
To sponsor Alex visit www.justgiving.com/Alex-Fairhurst.
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