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Charity champ Violet hits peak fundraising

03 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Violet at the 4,400ft summit of Ben Nevis

AN eight-year-old schoolgirl has climbed Britain’s highest mountain to raise thousands for an Alzheimer’s charity after her grandad was diagnosed with the disease.

Violet Morgan, from Archway, led three generations of her family up 4,400ft-high Ben Nevis in Scotland in the wind and rain on Saturday.

This isn’t the first time she has embarked on a charity fundraising mission.

Aged just six, she climbed Snowdon in Wales to raise money for her local foodbank.

Her dad, Rob, said Violent had a natural inclination to help people.

“It is always her idea to want to do things to help people. It did not really come from her parents,” the 43-year-old said.

“When she wanted to climb Snowdon, she said she wanted to raise money to help the poor, so we thought raising money for a foodbank seemed like a good idea.

Violet with her family

“We are really proud of her for coming up with the ideas herself.”

Violet, a year three pupil at Yerbury Primary School, in Foxham Road, said of Saturday’s climb: “The hardest part was when it was raining in the middle. I felt proud and happy when I got to the top.”

Her 73-year-old grandad, David Gasson, was told just before Christmas he had Alzheimer’s, which leads to memory loss and communication problems.

Mr Morgan said about his stepfather’s diagnosis: “It’s a really difficult diagnosis for a family as you do not know what the future is going to look like.”

The family’s car broke down just days before the journey to Scotland, so Mr Gasson in a way was with them on their journey as he loaned them his car. So far, £1,300 has been raised for Alzheimer’s Society.

Violet was joined on the hike by 10-year-old sister Alice, parents Rob and 43-year-old Beccy, who live off Junction Road. They were accompanied by maternal grandparents David Hanson, 72, and 70-year-old Mary.

Tim Water, community fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Violet to help us continue our vital work.”

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