Young Alex is a charity champion

Alex Rowe (right) with his grandfather, Mayor of Peterlee, Councilor Don Milsom and Lewis Pearn

Alex Rowe (right) with his grandfather, Mayor of Peterlee, Councilor Don Milsom and Lewis Pearn

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THE young grandson of Peterlee’s Mayor is feeling on top of the world after completing a mountain of a challenge.

Nine-year-old Alex Rowe, whose grandfather is Councillor Don Milsom, the Mayor of Peterlee, completed a charity climb up Skiddaw, in the Lake District, which at 3,054ft is the fourth highest mountain in England.

And he is gearing up for an evening bigger challenge by hoping to tackle Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain at 3,117ft, in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The Shotton Hall Primary School pupil, who was joined by his friend Lewis Pearn, eight, completed the Skiddaw climb in aid of the Mayor’s charities.

These are Help for Heroes, Hartlepool & District Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Research Into Childhood MS, the Backup Trust spinal injury charity and Peterlee Scouts.

Alex and Lewis were joined on the huge trek by Alex’s dad David, 52, his brother Richard, 25, and Lewis’s dad Wayne, 40, on July 20.

Mayor Milsom said he is extremely proud of the two little heroes, who have worked extremely hard to raise £860 by completing the huge task.

The Mayor said: “I congrulate both the little boys.

“I am further offering my support to Alex and his dad David, as they are gearing up for another, more difficult and gruelling challenge in their next adventure, on August 20.”

David, 52, of the Oakerside area of Peterlee, who is married to Gillian, 52, said: “The two boys talked all the way up Skiddaw, I think they forgot where they were going.”

There is still time to sponsor Alex, by calling Janice Forbes at Hartlepool & District Hospice on (01429) 855536.