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Climbing high to help two-year-old Ben.

GEORGE Purves-Bennett completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge to raise PS1,100 for charity.

The 15-year-old from Holmfirth raised the cash for two-year-old Ben Blackwell, who has been a patient at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital since he was born.

Ben was born with several problems including periventricular leukomalacia which means that the white matter in his brain has not formed at birth.

He is on permanent ventilation to help with his breathing.

Recent tests have also shown that he can only see shapes through one of his eyes; the other has no sight.

Also his hearing is impaired because his brain is unable to process sounds effectively.

His mum Nicola has been living at the hospital with him despite having four other children at home with their dad.

A plan has been made to move Ben home with the help of a care team.

Unfortunately this can't happen until certain adjustments have been made to the house to make it fit for a care team to be in situ.

The family have poured several thousand pounds of their own money into the project but have now run out of funding with Ben's discharge date getting closer.

George's mum is a counsellor with the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, and this is how he met Ben.

The day of the trek was a mixture of torrential rain and sunshine.

George (pictured), who goes to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, got soaked but fortunately had the hindsight to wear several layers of clothing on the day.

After 10-and-a-half hours he completed the 24.5-mile trek with his dad and uncle.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2017
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