Girl (9) is aiming high with intrepid Ben Nevis climb

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NINE-year-old Hucknall girl Casey Jones is certainly aiming high with a special charity challenge.

She is looking forward to climbing Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, on Saturday August 27, accompanied by her parents, Karen and Ivan Jones (both 41).

Casey, of Common Lane, is being sponsored to raise money for the Neuroblastoma Society, which was formed to combat a form of childhood cancer.

She says: “I wanted to do something to raise money for cancer research in children. A friend of mine had neuroblastoma when only two-and-a-half but has now recovered.

“This is not a well-known illness but it affects children. I am keen to do what I can to help.”

Casey, a pupil at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in Hucknall, is not at all daunted by the prospect of tackling Ben Nevis, whose summit is 4,409 feet above sea level.

She says: “My aim is to walk up while wearing my mummy and daddy out — cos they are not as fit as me! — and raise money at the same time.”

In fact, Casey has been rock climbing since she was only four and her father is qualified in this pursuit, while her mother enjoys visits to the gym, aerobics and swimming. All three are keen walkers.

Casey wants to raise as much as she can for the charity and sponsorship she has raised so far stands at about £400.

Anyone else who wants to make a donation can do so online at

One sponsor, Suzanne Peach, says: “It’s a fabulous idea, Casey. We know you will do well and make us proud of you. I wish you all the very best of luck on the big day.”

Another sponsor thinks Casey will ‘wup her old dad!’.

n OUR PHOTO shows Casey jumping for joy ahead of her Ben Nevis climb — DISPIC NHUD11-2175-1