Family scale Mount Snowdon for tumour teen

HAVE BOOTS, WILL CLIMB -- Abbie Sims ready for the off before tackling Mount Snowdon -- DISPIC NHUD11-0567-2.

HAVE BOOTS, WILL CLIMB -- Abbie Sims ready for the off before tackling Mount Snowdon -- DISPIC NHUD11-0567-2.

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CHARITY efforts in honour of a Hucknall teenager who has fought a brave battle against a brain tumour have hit the heights — after a fundraising climb up Mount Snowdon.

Abbie Sims (16), of Penhale Drive, was diagnosed with the deadly illness at the age of seven.

But she has been an inspiration to her family and others in the way she has tackled her health problems and beaten the odds.

Now Abbie, alongside her mum and dad, Mandy and Rick, sister Emma and 21 family and friends, has scaled Snowdon in Wales in aid of the charity, When You Wish Upon A Star.

The Nottingham-based organisation specialises in making the dreams of seriously-ill children come true.

At the age of eight, Abbie was picked by the charity as one of dozens of children to be flown to Lapland to meet Santa Claus.

Since then, Abbie’s family have been staunch supporters of When You Wish Upon A Star.

Mandy and Rick have also climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, while Mandy has also run the Robin Hood half-marathon in Nottingham to raise money.

So far, the Snowdon climb has collected £2,500, with the total set to push past the £3,000 mark.

The youngest person on the 3,560-metre climb was aged just 11, while the oldest was 69.

Among those who took part were Georgia Lea (13), who is battling a similar tumour to that suffered by Abbie, and her mum, Karen, of Long Hill Rise, Hucknall.

Most of those on the climb were from Hucknall. All bar one person completed the ascent.

Said Abbie: “It was pretty tough but it was all worthwhile. I’m so proud of everyone.” Mandy added: “I would just like to say a big thankyou to everyone who took part and supported the cause.”