Corby's Caeden to climb Ben Nevis

The Year 2 pupil wants to help others with cerebral palsy

By Sam Wildman
Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 6:00 am

A Corby boy who has cerebral palsy will climb Britain's highest mountain to help others with the condition.

Beanfield Primary School pupil Caeden Thomson, six, was born prematurely uses a stick to walk after he was diagnosed.

But the Year 2 student is set to push himself to the limit by walking to the summit of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands - which stands at 1,345 m above sea level - in May.

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Caeden Thomson is climbing Ben Nevis.

Caeden and his family have set themselves the goal of raising £8,000 to help children in a similar position to him.

Caeden said: "I was born very early and it makes it difficult to walk so I have to use a stick.

"I am getting really excited about the walk. I think it is going to be a bit hard but I am going to try my best.

My mum, dad and family are all doing it. I think it’ll take about ten hours so we will start early in the morning.

"I think the hardest bit will be walking down again."

Since he was born Caeden has benefited from the expertise and equipment at Kettering General Hospital.

He is training hard ahead of the climb and is receiving encouragement from his physio.

Caeden’s mum Lisa said: "Caeden’s life began with huge struggle, stress and a feeling of the unknown. Caeden was very lucky to have had all the help and support he got.

"He is a very happy boy, who tries his very best not to let his disability stop him from keeping up with his two older siblings and his friends.

"Although at birth we were told Caeden would not be able to sit, walk or talk, he has pushed himself to be the fantastic character he is today.

"He told us that he is so lucky for all the things he has had in his life that he wants to give back."

More than £600 has already been donated online. To donate, click here.

To get more information on Caeden’s training, physio and treatments leading up to the big day and updates on the walk day itself, subscribe to Caeden’s YouTube channel here.