A NINE-year-old girl from Hucknall is feeling on top of the world — after completing a stamina-sapping climb to the summit of Britain’s highest mountain for charity.
Casey Jones, of Common Lane, took on the ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland along with her parents, Karen and Ivan Jones (both 41).
The youngster scaled the 4,409 feet in aid of the Neuroblastoma Society, which was created to fund research into a rare form of childhood cancer.
Casey was inspired to launch the challenge because a friend had the illness when she was two-and-a-half years old and has now recovered.
Starting at 8.08 am, the trio took four hours and 15 minutes to reach the summit and then three hours and 18 minutes to complete the descent.
With the help of sponsorship, Casey collected £500 for the society with the total set to climb even higher.
Dad Ivan said: “As usual, Casey was in fantastic spirits the whole time during the walk.
“Even though the forecast for the day was poor, we had fantastic luck and were rewarded with clear views most of the time during the day.”
Casey was not daunted by the challenge and put her skills as rock climber, honed since taking up the sport at the age of four, to good use.
But it was a case of back to earth for Casey this week when she returned to Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary School on Leen Mills Lane, Hucknall, after the school summer holidays.