What an amazing achievement by eight-year-old Niamh McCarthy, who climbed Everest on her stairs at home and raised a fantastic £3,151 for her local NHS.
Plucky Niamh of Carmarthen had to do 58,000 steps – the equivalent of 3,871 flights of her stairs.
As if that doesn’t sound hard enough, Niamh only counted when she went upstairs, not downstairs, so it was double the effort!
Niamh pledged to complete the challenge in a month, around 2,000 steps a day, but in fact, finished in 27 days.
Niamh told us: “I wanted to take on a really hard challenge. I have climbed Pen-y-Fan, but never a bigger mountain.
“I hope to go to Everest for real one day, but for now have done the same distance on my stairs because I wanted to help the NHS.”
Niamh was supported in the challenge by her mum Jo and baby brother Rory.
Jo said she was so proud of her daughter:
“Niamh chose the biggest mountain in the world because she wanted to do a really hard challenge. She wanted to help the NHS and is thrilled by how much money she raised for Hywel Dda Health Charities.
“We want to thank everyone who donated.”
Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, Nicola Llewelyn, said the charity was very grateful to Niamh for raising such a wonderful amount.
Nicola said: “It is heart-warming to see more and more youngsters wanting to do something to raise money for their local NHS. And they are coming up with such imaginative fundraising ideas in these challenging times. Well done Niamh.”