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TALK about stepping up to a challenge… Finn Milligan climbed the equivalent of Ben Nevis on his stairs to raise money for charity. The five-year-old Belmont Primary pupil has, says mum Sinead, “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 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's smashed that thanks to dozens of generous sponsors. With his JustGiving page about to close, he already has a smashing £885 amassed. Says 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 lockdown ends. And there's still time to donate to Finn's mountainous effort: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/siobhan-milligan/updates/53bba?utm_term=2MVBwmE9y

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