MIRACLE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD with cerebral palsy, whose parents were told he’d never be able to walk, has climbed Britain’s tallest mountain for charity.
Caeden Thomson trekked 1,345m to the top of Ben Nevis, raising more than £16,000 for his local NHS children’s services and the charity SCOPE. Caeden was born 12 weeks early and his parents were told he would not be able to sit, walk or talk, but now Caeden walks, sometimes using a frame or stick, and plays as any other seven-year-old would. His mum says he doesn’t let his disability stop him.
The motivation to climb the mountain came after Caeden told his parents that he was lucky for all the things he had in his life. He said he wanted to give back and help others have the opportunities and access to the treatments he has had.
After his mammoth climb, Caeden told Sky News:
“My body hurts a lot but I’m okay. It was really, really hard. I felt sick and exhausted at the top, and I felt exhausted but happy at the bottom!” Well done, Caeden!