Bourne girl climbs mountain in tribute to soldier cousin killed in Afghanistan

Maddy Reynard of Bourne who climbed Scafell Pike for Help for Heroes
Maddy Reynard of Bourne who climbed Scafell Pike for Help for Heroes
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A SCHOOLGIRL has raised £1,350 for charity after climbing England’s highest mountain.

Maddy Reynard, 12, of Elm Terrace, Bourne, climbed Scafell Pike for Help For Heroes in memory of her soldier cousin, William Aldridge, who was killed fighting in Afghanistan.

The Bourne Grammar School pupil scaled the 3,209ft peak with her dad, Mark Reynard, step-mum Louise and sister Annabel, nine.

Dad Mark, who lives in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, said it had all gone according to plan and took them about seven hours, including stops for lunch and a couple of other breaks.

Mark said: “The children did exceptionally well and recovered more quickly. We adults clocked up 24,000 steps on the pedometer, but that would have been around 26,000 for them.”

Maddy said she had really enjoyed the climb up but it had been more difficult getting down. She said: “When we got to the top we couldn’t see much and then coming back it was like a really steep staircase for a while but then the sky cleared and it was really, really beautiful and I took lots of photos.”

Maddy’s mum Kate Treen said she was proud of Maddy and Annabel for completing the climb. She said: “They seem to have inspired many people - including strangers - to donate a significant amount of money.”

Maddy’s cousin, Rifleman William Aldridge, from Bromyard, Herefordshire, died in July 2009 in Sangin, Helmand Province, shortly after his 18th birthday.

He was the youngest British soldier to have been killed in Afghanistan and one of eight who died in a 24-hour period.

He died while on foot patrol trying to rescue comrades injured in another explosion.