Charity mission hits the heights

Joshua Lockwood, left, and Shaun Daley taking on climb at The Edge International Climbing Centre for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Joshua Lockwood, left, and Shaun Daley taking on climb at The Edge International Climbing Centre for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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A FEAR of heights did not stop two schoolboys from conquering a climb in the name of charity.

Youngster Shaun Daley, who launched a fundraising drive after his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, overcame his phobia during a sponsored stunt at The Edge on John Street in Sheffield.

The 11-year-old from Ecclesfield was joined by best pal Joshua Lockwood - also afraid of heights - for the sponsored event.

Together the brave lads tackled the climbing wall eight times, an increase on their original pledge of five, and raised £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

Sonia Daley, Shaun’s mum, said: “He did a sponsored walk so on other occasions there’s been a lot of people, but this time it was just Shaun and his best friend.

“They’re both scared of heights so it was a real challenge for them but they ended up doing it eight times. Both the families were there to cheer them on. It was amazing seeing their faces once they’d finished it.”

The feat brings Shaun’s fundraising total to £2,000 since June last year.

On hearing that his nana, Barbara Phillips, 62, was suffering from skin cancer the Monteney Primary School pupil felt compelled to raise money for the charity.

His first event was a raffle, bake sale and non-uniform day for fellow pupils, followed by a sponsored walk last June.

Next up is a 27-mile bike ride around Chapeltown, a route which Shaun has devised especially to pass his beloved grandma’s house several times.

Sonia said: “His nana is doing well at the minute, she’s had her operation.

“She’s very proud of him and the rest of the family are too. Shaun is the youngest of four and we have all supported him.

“He’s really enjoying the fundraising and his school have been brilliant with him.”

Barbara, of Chapeltown, praised her grandson as an ‘amazing little boy’.