An eight year old from Chelmsford will be taking on one of the biggest mountains in the country next month to raise money for a local hospice.
Holly Linger comes from a fundraising family that has been supporting The J’s Hospice for almost a decade.
On Friday, July 6, Holly will be scaling Mount Snowdon in Wales to raise funds for the charity which cares for young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes.
Holly said: “I am walking 3,500 ft to the top of Mount Snowdon for The J’s Hospice because I really want help raise money for a good cause.”
Holly’s mum, Karen, is very impressed with her daughter’s generosity and determination. She explained: “You can’t really get much bigger than Mount Snowdon as a challenge.
“Holly is looking forward to eating lots of jelly babies on the way up and racing her daddy to the top and then walking down for the biggest hot chocolate she can find.
“She is hoping to raise lots of money and we are all so very proud of her. We will be with her every step of the way encouraging her.”
Holly’s grandad, Barry Linger, became a Trustee of The J’s Hospice in 2009. Holly’s dad, Michael Linger, did a sponsored cycle ride from Calais to Barcelona, her aunty, Jo Pope, completed the Maldon Mud Race and her uncle, Bob Linger, has run The J’s Hospice Chelmsford Marathon.
The money they have raised has helped to provide a wide range of services including tailored specialist nursing, respite care, advice and social groups as well as end of life care and bereavement support.
Holly will be walking up Snowdon which, at 1,085 metres (3,560 feet) high, is the highest mountain in Wales with her parents, Michael and Karen, and grandparents, Barry and Sue, and their trek to the top and back down again is expected to take at least six hours.
Her family have helped her to set up an online fundraising page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ hollylinger – and kind-hearted Holly hopes to raise at least £500 for The J’s.