A young lad is taking on a school holiday challenge to help feed children who are left hungry during the summer break.
Caden Quarteman, who lives in Nether Heyford, will climb the equivalent of the K2 mountain in Asia on his stairs during the course of his six-week school holiday.
K2 is the second largest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres tall, which translates to 3,312 flights of stairs for Caden to climb.
Despite the hefty challenge, the eight-year-old, who fractured his wrist playing football, is determined to tackle it and raise much-needed funds for less fortunate children who are left hungry without school meals during the holidays.
Harriet, Caden’s mum, said: “We’ve been looking for something for him to do at home that will keep him active, but that he can do safely with his fractured wrist.
“I saw something on Facebook about someone climbing Everest on their stairs and I found a company where you can sign up to one of the climbs and then you get a medal at the end.
“When I asked him if he wanted to do it, he was quite keen and we had already spoken about raising money for a charity.
“He has seen a lot during lockdown so I think he wanted to help too.”
Caden came up with the idea to raise money for ‘Food for Thought’ in Daventry, which is a charity set up by his grandparents.
The charity helps families who usually rely on school meals by delivering ingredient boxes or hot meals during the term breaks.
Harriet added: “Caden started the challenge on Sunday and has so far done around 150 flights of stairs.
“He is really enjoying it and every time he gets a donation it encourages him and makes him want to help the children even more.
“I’ve been woken up first thing in the morning by him asking if we can start and he even carried on at my mum and dad’s house when we went for dinner.
“I’m so proud of him. He is generally quite a giving child and he always wants to help others by giving some of his Christmas money away.
“This is a way he can help without having to do that.”
Caden has set out to raise £250 by the end of the summer holidays and the end of his challenge.
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