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Altrincham schoolgirl, 7, raises £400 after climbing England’s highest mountain

By Charlotte Hince at

England’s highest mountain was little more than a hop, skip and a jump for Loreto Prep pupil Seren Short.

The super-fit seven-year-old climbed Scafell Pike to raise £400 for Loreto Rumbek, a sister school to the Altrincham school in South Sudan.

Starting with mum and dad from Wasdale car park, Seren climbed the six-and-half-mile, 3,210-feet peak in three hours and almost skipped down in an hour and a half, much quicker than the guide books suggest is the norm.

Mum Sonia said: “She and her dad left me behind. She was almost running up the hill and they simply went off into distance going down.”

Mountain-climbing Seren with her classmates

However, it wasn’t child’s play according to Seren: “I did feel very tired and at times I wanted to turn back but I wasn’t going to let it beat me.”

Seren is pictured with Loreto Prep Chair of Governors Sister Jacinta, who said: “I couldn’t have done it when I was seven and I certainly couldn’t do it now.

“But what a wonderful little girl, we are so very proud of her and her efforts will help feed and educate the young ones in South Sudan.”