Pint-sized hero scales the heights for char­ity cash

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PINT- SIZED hero Al­fie McAne­spie stepped up his ef­forts to raise £2,000 for char­ity on the slopes of Ben Nevis.

The Colch­ester young­ster, who is aged just nine, con­quered the moun­tain at the week­end in the com­pany of Coro­na­tion Street star Antony Cot­ton in aid of the Help for He­roes char­ity.

Al­fie shot to fame as Help for He­roes’ youngest fundraiser when he walked a mile un­aided at just 16 -months- old.

Fol­low­ing on from his many past ad­ven­tures – in­clud­ing climb­ing Snow­don last year – the as­cent of Scot­land’s big­gest sum­mit on Satur­day marked the big­gest, and high­est, chal­lenge so far in Al­fie’s young life.

Antony, best known for play­ing Sean Tully in Coro­na­tion Street, is an am­bas­sador for Help for He­roes.

When one of his close friends was suf­fer­ing with post trau­matic stress dis­or­der and was sup­ported by the Help for He­roes Re­cov­ery Cen­tre in Cat­t­er­ick, Antony vowed he would do all he could to help the char­ity as a thank-you for look­ing af­ter his friend. When lit­tle Al­fie con­tacted the soap star on Twit­ter to ask if he would com­plete the Ben Nevis as­cent with him, An­thony im­me­di­ately signed up for the four-mile climb.

The in­trepid pair set off to climb Ben Nevis from Fort Wil­liam early on Satur­day morn­ing.

They ap­peared on Lor­raine Kelly’s break­fast ITV show on Fri­day when an emo­tional Al­fie was treated to a sur­prise video mes­sage from his dad Lee, who is serv­ing abroad with the Para­chute Reg­i­ment.

Al­fie was in­spired by Scot­tish war hero Stu Pearson from East Kil­bride, who lost his leg in Afghanistan and was im­mor­talised in the film Ka­jaki, to climb Mount Snow­don last year af­ter the pair met at an event at West­min­ster.

Al­fie McAne­spie and Coro­na­tion Street star An­thony Cot­ton set off on their Ben Nevis Chal­lenge. f30 Al­fie walk 1IF Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

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