Jess is on Top-ham of the hills after hikes for charity

A GREENFIELD youngster has decided to follow in mum and dad’s footsteps with her idea to raise money for Children in Need.

That’s why Jess Topham, accompanied by dad Ken, is tackling Britain’s toughest hill challenge.

Jess Topham

The 10-year-old Diggle School pupil has already climbed all 4,413 feet of Ben Nevis in Scotland and ascended and descended Scafell Pike (3,209 ft) in the Lake District during her half term holiday.

And Jess will complete the National Three Peaks challenge on Sunday, November 11 by tackling Snowdon (3,560 feet) in North Wales.

“Myself and Ken did a lot of hill walking before Jess was born,” ex-plained proud mum Ruth.
“Besides, living in Saddleworth, it would be rude not to.

“Jess knew about this and decided the Three Peaks would be a good challenge for Children in Need.

“It took her about seven hours to do Ben Nevis and she was exhausted for a couple of days afterwards.

“But she was really pleased and quite giddy because she had overtaken a few people on the way back.”

Active Jess, who also enjoys swimming and martial arts, initially set out to raise £150. But at the time of writing her JustGiving page had reached £315.

If you would like to support Jess’s gruelling hikes involving a total of 23 miles and 11, 182 feet of ascent.you can donate online: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jessica-Topham

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