He may have climbed some of the region’s biggest peaks and beaten his fundraising target, but six year old Liam More from Rotherham is not ready to stop just yet.
Liam is planning to climb the biggest peak in Yorkshire, Whernside, at the end of July, in memory of Rosie Jo Tennick, who passed away at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston in 2015 just 28 hours after being born.
Liam, who has already passed his original £200 target, is set to walk the six miles to conquer the 2415ft peak and raise even more money for South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice, which supports families going through the toughest of times.
Rosie’s family, who are friends with Liam’s family, used Bluebell Wood’s end of life suite. Rosie’s mum Joanne said: “We could see Rosie whenever we wanted. Our family and friends could visit to say their goodbyes with no visiting hours in place and we had beautiful moulds of Rosie’s feet created, which helped to make some amazing memories.”
Liam has a passion for hiking and has already walked up many peaks including Mam Tor, Bamford Edge and Win Hill. Liam’s dad Paul Smith said: “Whernside will be a massive challenge for Liam, however with some training in the Peak District, I think he can do it.”
Anna Gott, Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “Our support services are wide ranging and bespoke to each family; including end of life treatment and care, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups, home visits and much, much more. Most importantly we’re here for the whole family when the worst happens and they have to say goodbye.
“Liam is a great inspiration, especially at such a young age. It’s lovely that he wants to help others by setting himself this challenge. Everyone here at the hospice wishes him the very best of luck.”
If you’d like to support Liam by donating please visit his JustGiving page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Liam-Smith-hiking-4-Rosie-Jo.