WATCH: Roo’s epic Wrekin challenge in honour of Captain Tom

A determined youngster who pledged to "climb a mountain" for a children's charity has completed his 50th and final walk up one of Shropshire's largest hills.

Ryley McGlinn, eight, gives everyone a big thumbs up after completing his 50th walk up The Wrekin in aid of charity
Ryley McGlinn, eight, gives everyone a big thumbs up after completing his 50th walk up The Wrekin in aid of charity

Eight-year-old Ryley ‘Roo’ McGlynn, from Trench, was inspired after the death of famous NHS charity fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore and wanted to take on his own challenge for good causes.

After telling his mother Nicola Edwards he wanted to "climb a mountain", Roo settled on traversing The Wrekin.

"He's gone above and beyond the amount he initially aimed to raise, I'm super proud of him and my heart is just bursting," she said.

With an initial target of £150, Roo has now raised more than £520.

Upon reaching the top of the Wrekin for the final time during his challenge, Roo was greeted by his great-grandfather and former infant school teacher, who surprised him with additional donations.

Nicola said: "I'm going to miss it I think. We've been up in every weather, rain, snow, sleet, with horrible icey winds at the top.

"A couple of times Roo's been up twice in one day."

Roo, who nailed his target of ascending the Wrekin in 30 minutes, climbed it for the last time yesterday to coincide with what would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore's 101st birthday.

It is all for St Christopher’s Fellowship, a charity that provides children’s homes, supported housing, fostering and specialist support services, all designed for young people in care, on the edge of care, or leaving care.

Donate and learn more on Facebook at facebook.com/nicola.edwards.583

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