MIR­A­CLE MOUN­TAIN CLIMBER

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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!

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