Boy, 8, youngest to climb Old boy of Hoy

Image copyright Bekki Christian Image caption Edward and his managers reached the top at about 16:55 on Friday

An eight-year old boy from Caithness in the Highlands has become the youngest person to clambered the Old person of Hoy sea stack off the coast of Orkney.

Edward Mills, who live in Dunnet, determined himself the challenge to raise money for the benevolence Climbers Against Cancer.

His mum, Bekki Christian, has terminal breast cancer.

Edward described the tour to the top of the 450 ft( 140 m) line of stone as “quite scary”.

‘Hidden box’

He told BBC Scotland his mum had taken a ferry to realize him during the course of its clamber, which then resonated its horn when he reached the peak.

He described learning a container and tiny book at the end of his climb. He said: “There was a hidden box up on the top and I had a metal card which said ‘Mum’s gift to Climbers Against Cancer’, which I put into the box and I wrote a story in the book.

“I said I clambered this sea stack for my mum and I caused fund for Climbers Against Cancer.

“I hope other beings will read this notebook and think of their own projects about what they might say.”

Image copyright NATHAN MILLS Image caption Edward Mills tackled the rising on Friday afternoon
Image copyright Bekki Christian

Edward said he started climbing when he was about 2 years old. He said his mum Bekki was very proud of him.

She told the BBC Scotland bulletin website: “He’s done it. He clambered every move himself.”

He ended the rising on Friday afternoon, with his coach-and-fours Ben West and Cailean Harker.

Scaled the landmark

The record was previously held by 10 -year-old Ollie Buckle, from Flax Bourton, near Bristol .

Prior to that, renowned British climber Leo Houlding scaled the landmark when he was 11.

Edward and his squad began their clamber at midday and reached the surface at 16:55.

His JustGiving page called, Edward vs The Old Man of Hoy, has had donations totalling more than PS11, 000.

His dad Nathan Mills posted an update on the page which said: “He did it. He is absolutely delighted.

“The hardest thing he has ever done, he said. He was agitated this morning but overcame it to make it all the way to the top.”

Image copyright NATHAN MILLS/ Getty Images Image caption Edward was conjuring money for the donation Climbers Against Cancer

The eight-year-old realized it of the working group finals of the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series last year – the first time he had entered.

This year he earned a place on the Scotland youth clambering squad.

His family said Orkney was a special place for them, having holidayed there many times.

On the fundraising page, his father said he hoped Edward, and his older brother George’s, enjoy of clambering, and the “amazing community” they had become part of through the sport, would help them deal with the “incredibly difficult time” they were facing as a result of their mum’s cancer.

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