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Little Trooper Alex takes on the three peaks!

Little Trooper Alex takes on the three peaks to raise funds for our charity. The10-year-old boy from Shropshire is climbing all three of the highest mountain peaks in the UK. He is completing the challenge over three consecutive weekends and has already summited Ben Nevis in 5 hours 22 minutes! Alex will complete his challenge on Armed Forces Day – Saturday 29th June

Alex lives with his Mum Shelley, Dad Chris, and two younger siblings Toby (7) and Lyra (4). His Dad serves in the Royal Air Force at RAF Shawbury. Alex has always been a forces child and has spent many birthdays and Christmases separated from his Dad. This is due to deployments and other military exercises and commitments. He also understands first-hand how hard it can be to move home with the military. The family moved to Shawbury from RAF Benson two years ago. Alex had to say goodbye to his friends, start a new school and settle into a new area.

Alex’s challenge

Alex is completing the challenge with his Dad. The pair plan to take on Scafell Pike on 22nd June before climbing Yr Wyddafa (Snowdon) on Armed Forces Day – Saturday 29th June.

Alex comments, “Climbing a mountain for the first time last weekend was an experience like no other. I thought it would be easy to climb three hills but I was wrong! It was tough in parts, especially at the end when my legs were killing me but I knew that I could do it. I’m doing this for four reasons. To climb a mountain for the first time and to get my three peaks medal. Raise money for charity and to have the best time ever with my parents.”

Alex’s Mum, Shelley, explains: “Alex has always been adventurous and active and is known for pushing himself to his limits. But this is his biggest challenge yet and it was all his own idea! Alex is determined to complete all three peaks before the end of June.”

Alex has been training through his “fitness club” which he started with his friend, Oliver, at school two years ago. The pair decided that children needed to get back outside and be active after lockdown. Together they made posters and told everyone at school. Twenty children came along to play on the field for two afternoons a week after school. They completed obstacle courses, games and races. Alex has received awards from his Cubs and School. He also got to plant a tree for the Queens green canopy in recognition of his achievements. 

Thank you Alex

Louise, founder of our charity, adds: “Little Trooper is a small charity with a big heart doing its very best for all the military children out there. We’re blown away by Alex’s incredible commitment and determination to complete such a difficult challenge at just ten years old. You are an amazing Little Trooper Alex and we are all cheering you on. All the funds you raise will go towards important projects and initiatives to support forces children nationwide.”

To donate to Alex’s challenge, please click here

If you want to take on a mountain challenge closer to home, you can set yourself a virtual mountain challenge. Everything you need can be found here.

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Alex climbing Ben Nevis

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