Schoolboy climbs one of England’s highest mountains in memory of grandmother

Max with his grandmother  Rene Sanderson
Max with his grandmother Rene Sanderson
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A schoolboy has scaled new heights in memory of his beloved grandma.

Max White, eight, from Seaburn, was devastated by the loss of his great grandma Rene Sanderson, 87, who died from cancer of the gall bladder in October last year.

School friends Max White, left, and Ben Finley, who climbed Helvellyn.

School friends Max White, left, and Ben Finley, who climbed Helvellyn.

But the kind-hearted youngster decided to channel his grief to help others and took on a charity challenge to climb Helvellyn, one of the highest mountains in England.

Rising to more than 3,000-ft, the mountain is one of the most well-known peaks in the Lake District.

The Seaburn Dene Primary School pupil took on the feat with his dad Paul, 34, friend Ben Finley, 12 and Ben’s dad Gavin, with the group managing to raise £500 for Cancer Research UK to help fund vital research into the disease.

Mum Judith, 35, said she was immensely proud of Max’s efforts.

The mum-of-two, who also has a daughter Imogen, six, said: “Max and his great grandma had a very special bond. She loved all her grandchildren but she always said he did something to her heart.

“He adored her and was devastated when she died. He took it upon himself to decide to do fundraising in her name which, for a boy of his age, is amazing.

“He loves walking and being outdoors which is how he decided to climb Helvellyn. His nana left him a St Christopher when she died so he wore that when he did the climb.”

As well as taking the sponsorship form into class, Max did a talk in front of pupils about why the fundrasing was so special to him.

Judith said: “We are all so proud of him, and his nana would be too.”