Falmouth schoolgirl reaches new heights as she reaches summit of Mount Snowdon (From Falmouth Packet)
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Falmouth schoolgirl reaches new heights as she reaches summit of Mount Snowdon
4:50pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
Eight-year-old India Castle from Falmouth handed over a cheque for almost £310 to her headteacher on Tuesday after hiking to the top of Wales’ highest peak during the summer holidays.
India, a year four pupil at St Mary’s School, |was joined on the eight-and-a-half mile trek to the summit of Mount Snowdon and back by her |parents, Yvonne and Alastair, and Godfather Neil Parrock.
Yvonne, who is a governor at the school, said: “I was unwell last year and decided when I was better that I wanted to set myself a personal challenge.
“India then said she wanted to come with me to support me and then my husband and her Godfather said they would come as well.
“India is an active child who swims a lot, but I could never imagine her walking that far but she was great.
“It was not an easy path going up, especially for an eight-year-old, and coming down was quite a |challenge because of the terrain but India was like a billy goat.
“I was amazed at her dig deep attitude – there was no moaning at all. I thought that being eight there could have been some issues, but there were none.”
It took the family six hours to complete the trek, although they did spend an extra hour or so at the summit taking photographs and having something to eat.
Back at home in Falmouth, friends and family wanted to show their support for India’s efforts by making donations. These totalled £309.73 which was handed over the head teacher Jacqui Scarborough on Tuesday and will go towards the new outdoor area being created at the school.
The trek wasn’t India’s first foray into fundraising – last year she donated all her birthday money to Little Harbour, the children’s hospice at St Austell.
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