Nine-year-old hiker tackles six peaks in six weeks for Cancer Research UK

Nine-year-old Jasmine Hartley on one of her treks.
Nine-year-old Jasmine Hartley on one of her treks.
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An intrepid nine-year-old has spent her summer holidays trekking the equivalent of Ben Nevis three times over to raise funds for Cancer Research UK with her grandfather having been treated for bowel cancer.


The heroic Salterforth hiker, Jasmine Hartley, has scaled six of the toughest hills the North West has to offer, tackling a new climb every Saturday during the school summer holidays with her dad, Mathew Hartley (46), and grandad, Chris Oldham (70).

Jasmine with her father, Chris.

Jasmine with her father, Chris.

Inspired to undertake a charitable challenge by a classmate who did a sponsored silence, Jasmine braved some testing weather to successfully complete her 'six peaks in six weeks' and conquering Weets Hill, Boulsworth Hill, Pendle Hill, Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-y-Ghent.

"She's really enjoyed every minute of it," said Jasmine's mother, Claire Hartley (42). "She's had a lot of time with her dad and her grandad, so she's loved that, and she likes a bit of a challenge does our Jas.

"They've all enjoyed it, and her grandad's very proud of her; it's been nice for her to do it with her," Claire added. "She's already deciding what she wants to do next. Her and grandad are going to keep walking, choosing a hill a month just for fun."

Throughout her hikes, the Year 5 pupil at Salterforth Primary School climbed a total of of 3.6km- worth of ascent: almost three times the height of Ben Nevis, and has raised around £1,100 so far.

Jasmine's grandfather, Chris Oldham, celebrating his 70th birthday with a cake-in-a-jar on top of Whernside.

Jasmine's grandfather, Chris Oldham, celebrating his 70th birthday with a cake-in-a-jar on top of Whernside.

"They've gone every Saturday, whatever the weather, setting off in mist and fog; it's been raining and cloudy - it hasn't been 'oh, it's nice and sunny, let's do it today,'" Claire explained. "She's been really committed.

"She wanted to do it for Cancer Research because she'd seen adverts on the TV and she knew that grandad had been poorly, and it's a charity close to our hearts."

On top (literally) of her achievements, Jasmine and her grandad had another reason to celebrate during one of the climbs, with Chris turning 70 during the trek. "She took him a cake with a candle and she sang happy birthday to him on top of Whernside," Claire said.

"We're extremely proud of her; we could not be more proud."

To donate to Jasmine's cause, head to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-hartley7?utm_source=Facebook.