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Ten-year-old tackles England’s highest mountain for best friend

PUBLISHED: 14:57 25 August 2020 | UPDATED: 15:10 26 August 2020

Adventurer Ruby May Jennings, 10, up in her treehouse at her home in Taverham, after climbing Scafell Pike to raise money for her friend Immy who has leukaemia. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Adventurer Ruby May Jennings, 10, up in her treehouse at her home in Taverham, after climbing Scafell Pike to raise money for her friend Immy who has leukaemia. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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She originally set a target of raising £100 to help her friend who developed a rare complication following a stem cell transplant.

Ruby May Jennings, 10, at the top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Picture: Becki JenningsRuby May Jennings, 10, at the top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Picture: Becki Jennings

But after conquering England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, 10-year-old Ruby May Jennings from Taverham, has raised over £600.

The Drayton Junior School pupil completed the 978 metre challenge with her parents in hot conditions.

Ruby May Jennings with rocks she painted to go on top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District, inspired by her friend Immy Roe, who had a stem cell transplant following a diagnosis of leukaemia in 2019. Picture: Becki JenningsRuby May Jennings with rocks she painted to go on top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District, inspired by her friend Immy Roe, who had a stem cell transplant following a diagnosis of leukaemia in 2019. Picture: Becki Jennings

She was due to climb the Lake District peak in March but that was cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown.

All the money she has raised will help long-term school friend Imogen Roe, 10, from Thorpe Marriott, known as Immy, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last summer.

Ruby May Jennings, 10, (right) with her friend Immy Roe, 10, who had a stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2019. Picture: Becki JenningsRuby May Jennings, 10, (right) with her friend Immy Roe, 10, who had a stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2019. Picture: Becki Jennings

The youngster relapsed after being successfully treated for leukaemia in 2016 with chemotherapy.

Following a stem cell transplant, from a US donor, in November 2019 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the youngster developed a rare complication affecting her kidney function which is treated by medication.

Nine-year-old Imogen Roe, known as Immy, pictured before her stem cell transplant in November 2019. Picture: Supplied by family.Nine-year-old Imogen Roe, known as Immy, pictured before her stem cell transplant in November 2019. Picture: Supplied by family.

Immy’s mother, Anna Dagless, said: “To have a friend climb a mountain for you is amazing. It was really hard going for them. We cannot believe how much Ruby has raised.”

The youngster, who is in remission from leukaemia and has a twin sister and older brother, returned home just as lockdown was announced and the family have had to shield.

Ruby May Jennings after climbing Snowdon in Wales in 2018, aged seven, for Cancer Research UK. Picture: Becki JenningsRuby May Jennings after climbing Snowdon in Wales in 2018, aged seven, for Cancer Research UK. Picture: Becki Jennings

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Ruby, who first made friends with Immy in reception class at Drayton junior, said: “The climb was tiring but quite fun. I liked it when I did the rock climbing.

“I felt relieved when we got to the top. I feel proud and amazed because everyone said that was the hardest of the UK’s three main mountains.”

The 10-year-old budding explorer, who climbed Snowdon in Wales aged seven for Cancer Research UK, put painted rocks with the words #GoClimbForImmy on the summit of Scafell Pike and completed the climb and descent in seven hours and 48 minutes.

Her mother Becki Jennings said: “Ruby was up there like a mountain goat. There is no fear. I’m proud of her. She is so determined. On the climb she was so focused. She kept in her head the reason why she was doing it.”

Ruby wants to tackle the UK’s third major mountain - Ben Nevis in Scotland - next for charity.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/goclimbforimmy
































































































































































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