• Daisy's Pendle Hill Challenge
  • Daisy's Pendle Hill Challenge
  • Daisy's Pendle Hill Challenge

Daisy's Pendle Hill Challenge

Kind-hearted Daisy Hooper was joined by more than 100 friends and family during her final ascent up Pendle Hill on Saturday (25 Aug). She finished the gruelling climb, like she has the other 51, by cartwheeling along the track at the foot of the hill.

The youngster also posed for photos, wearing her customary bright yellow Pendleside T-shirt! Daisy took on the mammoth 220-mile challenge despite only weighing around three-stone and standing 3ft high.

    Celebrating her final climb, Daisy said: "I liked climbing in the snow best because I loved sledging down on my bottom." The determined youngster set about climbing Lancashire's famous Pendle Hill 52 times - which is 1,827ft above sea level. It meant Daisy has walked more than 95,000ft - three times Mount Everest's summit of 29,029ft above sea level.

    Daisy came up with the idea after she saw volunteers collecting for Pendleside Hospice in Burnley during a shopping trip with her dad.

    Her first climb took place at the end of February - when Daisy was still four-years-old - and the youngster has documented each climb with a photo on her Go Fund Me page.

    Daisy and her dad Danny Hooper initially set a target to complete the 52 walks in a year - one a week. But the youngster amazingly managed to finish the challenge in just five months - even completing 12 walks in the last three weeks.

    Proud dad, Danny, 36, a service manager who has three other children including Daisy's twin sister Poppy, said: "She has taken it in her stride. Daisy is an absolute superstar. She started this when she was only four and only turned five in June. She always finishes the gruelling climb by cartwheeling when we are back on level ground. The donations have been coming in left, right and centre."

    Daisy, who attends St Mary's Primary School, Newchurch in Pendle, set herself the mission to raise the money at the beginning of the year.

    Her dad Danny said: "We saw some people selling raffle tickets for the hospice in Burnley town centre. When I explained what a hospice was she said she wanted to raise money for it. She said she would climb Pendle Hill 100 times but we decided on 52 as it is the equivalent of climbing Everest three times. She has walked and climbed in all weathers including snow, rain, wind and hot sunshine."

    Pendleside chief executive Helen McVey said: "I think Daisy is amazing. For a person of any age to do what she has done is incredible. Daisy amazingly managed to finish the challenge in just five months. For a five-year-old to do it is unbelievable. It is exceptional for someone so young to be able to raise the awareness of the care provided by the hospice and raise money like Daisy has done."

    Daisy is now planning another fundraiser next June when she hopes to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

    To donate to Daisy's fund, visit www.­gofundme.­com/­3qup2x-pendleside-hospice.

    Watch her Channel 5 broadcast by clicking this link