The six-year-old who is climbing 12 of the highest mountains in the UK and hopes to one day become the youngest person to conquer Mount Everest said she wanted to help “poor children go on holiday” through the challenge. I want to help.
Six-year-old Oscar Burrow, from Lancaster, said he saw Sir Edmund Hillary climb Mount Everest on TV one day at school and decided: “I want to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest.”
His father Matt Burrows, 38, a project manager in the NHS, said when his son told him about his idea, he “tried to explain the reality of what it really meant to climb Mount Everest”.
“It was his dream and ambition and as a parent, you don’t want to see that ambition die, so we wanted to tap into it”, he told the PA news agency.
“So we said, why don’t we start this Oscar journey by picking 12 mountains in Britain that if you add them all up from where you start to where you finish, every mountain is about the same height as Everest.” Who will be.”
So far, Oscar – who has interests in rock climbing, mountaineering and Bear Grylls – has scaled six mountains including Inglebrough in the Yorkshire Dales, which was the first mountain by Oscar to be scaled by Snowdon in Llanberis on 9 October 2022, with Caernarfon the next. On the cards for sometime between February 16-18.
The challenge is due to end on May 29, when Oscar will summit from Ben Nevis in Scotland – and the day holds great significance as it will be the 70th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
“We thought why not meet the challenge on a historic day and it will encourage us to be ambitious”, Mr Burrows said.
The youngster is raising money for Darien House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, which provides respite and palliative care to children, young people and their families.
Oscar told the PA: “I want the poor children at Darien House Children’s Hospice to go on holiday.”
Mr Burrows said: “For some of these families, this is the only break and for some families, they will be experiencing their last memories with their loved ones at the lodge.
“Darian House has special lodges – two are by the sea and two are in the Lake District – and the hospice sent us stories from families who have stayed there and it’s nice to know that my little boy can bring joy to other children Who are facing really challenging points in their life.
Despite having “never really done serious hill running” before the challenge, Oscar’s grandfather – 67-year-old Mark, who is retired and has been a long-time mountaineering fan – said his grandson took to climbers quickly.
“We tried him out on a local hill in September to see if he would like it because we didn’t know”, he told PA.
“And he really took to it and went up the local hill very quickly.
“And although the weather was very severe when we got to the top, it didn’t seem like it intimidated them at all, in fact it added to the sense of challenge.”
The weather tried to stand in Oscar’s way during the long hike, but he didn’t let it stop him from reaching his goal.
Oscar said his “scariest” moment was at Helvellyn in the Lake District “when I almost went flying and Grandpa and Daddy had to hold me”.
“My favorite mountain was Blencathra in the Lake District, which I did with my friend of six years, Oliver Perkins, and I had to hold onto daddy’s leg and put my head behind him (due to the hailstorm at the top)”, he said. .
“He’s a very athletic young man, so it’s good he’s got a friend to do some mountains with, not just me, his mum, grandad and other adults”, Mr Burrows said .
Oscar’s mum Kim Burrows, 37, who works in pathology laboratories as part of the NHS, and his little sister Ada, three, have also joined him on some of the hikes.
Mr Burrows said support for the challenge has been “wonderful”, with more than £3,200 being raised and loads of “touching” comments being left on the fundraising page or sent to the family.
“Many people have left comments saying that the Oscars are very inspirational, but there are many that are even more poignant, from people whose families have experienced similar experiences to those for whom the Oscars are fundraising.” is doing”, he said.
“We get people who express thanks because their family members are using hospice or may need it.”
Oscar’s granddad said support for the challenge has also become widespread, with $250 being donated by anyone in the United States, only in the UK.
Becoming the youngest person to scale Mount Everest is something Oscar hopes to achieve in the future.
“A brief Google at the beginning of the challenge found that someone around the age of 13 reached the summit of Mount Everest and Oscar said to me, ‘I’ve had seven years.’
“I told him that’s a positive way of looking at it – you have seven years of practice to become the youngest person to climb Everest, but more importantly he just enjoys climbing. And we enjoy it too.
“I know that one day he will stand on top of Mount Everest and I hope to be up there with him. We are all extremely proud of him.”
Oscar hopes his catchphrase “I’ll do it” will spread to fellow budding adventurers, regardless of their age.
Pascal Harvey, President and General Manager of JustGiving, said: “Oscar is a true inspiration.
“At just six he is taking on a challenge that many of us would never dream of doing, let alone his age.
“I want to thank Oscar and his family for their tremendous efforts and wish them every success with the next six mountains.”
The fundraising link can be accessed here: https://www.justgiven.com/fundraising/oscar-burrow1?fbclid=IwAR2XJQg2J2-8zvOyc5XN5hKkenlpZ-G7tbiswedRgxZv3-OKuCFdCGFv4pA
More information on the progress of the challenge can be found at:
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