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Finn's fantastic finale!

FINN Milligan climbed the equivalent of Ben Nevis on his stairs to raise money for charity and the final step in his challenge was to hand over the money. Here he is at Stranraer's Coronation Day Centre with a cheque for £1047. The five-year-old Belmont Primary pupil has, mum Sinead told the Free Press, “masses of energy.” “During lockdown I've been encouraging Finn to watch Newsround on CBBC and he saw a Scout group who were climbing the height of Everest.” That was a bit steep for one boy so they looked at Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At 1,345m (4,411 ft), they reckoned he would need to climb the stairs at his Garrick Gardens, Stranraer, home 48 times per day over seven days to reach the virtual summit. Finn took it all in his stride, pretty much running up and down the stairs each day of his challenge. “We decided to time him and he was doing it in about 15 minutes each day,” says Siobhan. Finn's initial target was £100 and he rapidly smashed that thanks to dozens of generous sponsors. Said Siobhan: “It's going to Coronation Day Centre to help with the meals-on-wheels service they launched in lockdown. “To be honest, we've been blown away by the response of the community,” she added. Local firm Sweet Moments gave Finn an award, Loch's grocers dropped off treats for him and the Ryan Centre – where Finn goes swimming – have offered him a family cinema ticket for when the roadmap to the lifting of lockdown allows.

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