Josh, 9, conquers Snowdon twice in one weekend! SUPPORTER:You really can start making a difference at any age, as Josh in our story below proves...For most 9 year olds an energetic weekend is playing football down the local park, or maybe a cycle ride… Not for Josh Whatley! Josh has had Mount Snowdon in his sights for some time, since his Mum took part in a 3 peaks challenge which includes climbing, Scarffell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. The three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. An aspiration to climb Snowdon at 9 years isn’t the norm so Josh and his family thought it would be a perfect opportunity to raise some money for a charity close to their hearts. This April saw Josh and his mum travel to Snowdon to take on his epic adventure. Starting on Saturday morning, the first part of the climb was quite steep: “On the first part I did wonder whether I was going to be able to do it, as it started off quite hard going” said Josh. But Josh persevered and in no time at all was climbing up snow covered paths, enjoying a depth of snow he’s never really seen before. “I couldn’t see very far while climbing - everywhere I looked there were other peaks covered in snow.” It took 5 hours 45 minutes to complete the climb up and down. “Josh was immensely proud of himself and so was I. We were telling the rest of the family about it when someone said as a joke: you can do it all again tomorrow! It didn’t take long to decide while eating our fish and chips that the challenge was on,” says Ceri, Josh’s Mum. The next day, after an early start, they started climbing Snowdon for the second time, this time taking the Pyg and Miners Trail. Josh said “It was a much harder path to take and involved some real climbing. It’s a lot more interesting with lakes to the side of the trails which we spent time exploring.” “The different route on the Sunday was more of a challenge with some slippery bits and sheer drops close to the paths - at points we had to slide down on our bums. Since returning, Josh, who is a pupil at North Newton Primary School, has received a celebrity status! “My friends were amazed I’d completed it and I got mentioned in assembly by my head teacher, Mr Arnold. It was a Golden Assembly and so Mum and Dad got invited in too.” When asked what his favourite part was, he quickly replied “Building an igloo house - I’ve never experienced snow like that before.” Community Fundraiser, Terena Young, said “Everyone at St. Margaret’s would like to say a massive thank you to Josh. He raised a fantastic £315 for St. Margaret’s and should be really proud of his achievement.” Thank you Josh If Josh's story has inspired you to dust off those running shoes or hold a coffee morning with friends and family then click here for how we can support you in your fundraising challenge.