Corby climber Caeden is the youngest Rose of Northamptonshire winner

Caeden Thomson climbed Ben Nevis with his family to fundraise for charity

By Alison Bagley
Friday, 5th February 2021, 9:00 am

A Corby schoolboy living with cerebral palsy has become the youngest recipient of a Rose of Northamptonshire Award for his charity fundraising mountain climb achievement.

Caeden Thomson, seven, hit the headlines last year after he successfully ascended Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to raise £22,810.35 for charity.

He wanted to help others with his condition by providing much-needed funds for Kettering General Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, Kettering's Sudborough House, and charity Scope.

Caeden Thomson with his certificate

In an online ceremony Caeden was presented a Rose of Northamptonshire award from High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Paul Parsons.

Mum Lisa said: "We couldn't be more proud. He's one super special boy, and he's helped so many people. He has helped us stay positive and active throughout this pandemic, so far, and I hope we can get back to fundraising real soon.

When Caeden was born his parents Lisa and Alan were told he might never walk, but he completed a 13-and-half-hour marathon mountain climb at the end of August.

The inspirational Beanfield Primary School pupil tackled the 1,345m peak in his leg splints and using a walking stick, helped by his family.

Lisa said: "Covid is causing havoc for us organising our next adventure. We were planning to go to Scotland again in February, but can't do that now, but in 2021 we are going to do lots of outdoor adventures and training for something really big and cold in 2022."

The High Sheriff said the award was for Caeden's dedication to help and support people in the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic, adding that Caeden was the youngest person to achieve this award.

He told Caeden that climbing Ben Nevis is such a massive achievement and he should be very proud of himself.

Lisa added: "Caeden is super proud and eager to fundraise more to help people. "

The Rose of Northamptonshire awards scheme was designed by Northamptonshire County Council and its leader, as well as the formal institutions of the High Sheriff's office and Lord Lieutenancy, to recognise that many across the county have committed themselves to response and relief efforts since the beginning of the outbreak.

The awards seek to highlight those in every sector and locality of the county that have played a key role.

To nominate someone, visit the page here.