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Yateley youngster raises hundreds for the homeless

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Yateley youngster raises hundreds for the homeless

Published at 6:02am 4th April 2018. (Updated at 6:17am 4th April 2018)

A young boy from Yateley is raising hundreds of pounds for charity by climbing Mount Snowdon. 

Jared Murray, aged 9, has so far raised over £700 in his quest to help the homeless.

People in the local area have been donating to his Just Giving page ahead of the challenge, which he is taking on today (3 April).

Covering a total distance of 5,571 feet, Jared is climbing up the Miners Path route, before coming down the Llanberis path.

He told Eagle the cold weather inspired him to do something to help: "I was just worried about the homeless people being really cold.

"I wanted to climb a mountain for them and I picked Snowdon."

Jared is climbing Wales' tallest mountain with his sister, his mum and his dad.

The climb is around 9 miles and could take around six hours. Jared's JustGiving page describes the challenge as "tough going for little legs!". 

Jared's fundraising efforts have been a big success so far. His dad, Lee said: "Our first target was £250 and Jared said 'no, I want to raise £500'.

"We said that might be a bit of a tall order, but lo and behold we've gone to 500 and past that to 700."

The money raised will be split between charity Shelter UK and Camberley's All Night Cafe. 

The All Night Cafe provides food and overnight shelter for homeless people in the local area.

Jared's mum Nicky told Eagle Radio that she was "really proud" of him. 

She said: "It started off as a small idea around the dinner table, that Jared was going to take on this walk.

"We've had loads of support from the community and...it's an amazing thing for him to have done."

Jared's family say that they weren't surprise when he announced he wanted to raise the money.

Nicky added: "He doesn't do things by halves.

"We had to do a bit of research to make sure it was really doable for a 9 year old boy, but people have done it.

"If he sets off alright he'll be fine."

 

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