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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Barrow boy to climb third highest peak in England

A SCHOOLBOY will be in safe hands when he takes on the third highest peak in England for charity.

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DETERMINED Jamie Cassidy, from Barrow, is preparing to climb Hellvelyn to raise money for Lake District Mountain Rescue Search dogs and the RNLI HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50063134B002

Jamie Cassidy, a pupil at St Pius X School, will tackle the 950m summit of Helvellyn with members of the armed forces and the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.

It is Jamie’s second charity challenge after he climbed Coniston Old Man last year to raise just short of £1,500 for the search dogs and St Mary’s Hospice.

This year he wants to beat his target by raising £2,000 for SARDA and the RNLI.

The 11-year-old has taken up running with his mum Sharon ahead of the challenge on June 28 and has already started collecting sponsorship.

“Last time we put collection boxes in the shops and collected in Tesco and we’re going to try and do the same things again this year,” he said.

It is hoped St Pius School will again hold a non-uniform day to support Jamie’s funds and the Mace store, close to Jamie’s Holbeck home, has collection tins. There will also be a collection day at Tesco Extra in Roose.

Speaking about his inspiration for June’s charity challenge, Jamie said: “Me and my granddad go fishing out in our boat quite a bit. We go fishing in the channel and Morecambe Bay and we thought it would be good to support the RNLI.

“About three years ago I met the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs and handlers and fell in love with these dogs straight away. I was really surprised when I spoke to people about them and they had never heard of them.

“Yet winter and summer, search dogs and their handlers work in wild areas of Britain, searching for lost or injured people, working as part of search and rescue groups.

“Some of the people out of the army are coming along and the search dogs are going up with me.”

Last year Jamie was joined by search dogs Skye, Bute and Einich, plus their handlers, and members of Coniston Mountain Rescue Team.

If you would like to help Jamie reach his £2,000 target visitwww.justgiving.com/Jamie-Cassidy.

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