In an act of endurance that many adults would hesitate at, a 12-year-old Sheffield girl has climbed a mammoth 600 metres for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Rosie Biggin challenged herself to climb the combined height of the Shard and the Eiffel Tower, scaling a three metre high wall at the Climbing Works in Sheffield an eye-watering 200 times in just one day.
Rosie was inspired to fundraise for Bluebell Wood by her performing arts academy, Verve, an acting, singing and dancing group that she attends every week. Every spring term, Verve students and staff fundraise for the South Yorkshire children’s hospice, bringing in thousands of pounds for the charity that cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Rosie’s mum Rachel said: “Rosie was really moved by the stories of children at Bluebell Wood and wanted to do her bit. It was a tough challenge but Rosie was incredibly focused and gave it her absolute all. So far she’s raised just short of £400 but we think there’s a little more still to come.
“Rosie has been climbing regularly for around two to three years at the Climbing Works in Sheffield. She loves being able to climb independently but also to learn lots of new climbing tips and techniques from the instructors that run the sessions. We also regularly go scrambling and weaseling on Burbage Edge, which is a lot of fun.
“Last year Rosie used her passion for climbing to make the long hike up Mount Snowdon in Wales, raising almost £500 for Bluebell Wood. It was particularly challenging reaching the summit as it had snowed and was incredibly icy, even though it was the beginning of May. The path was pretty treacherous in places and we had to take a lot of care not to slip but Rosie did amazingly well despite being a little frightened at times. We all got to the top and back down in one piece.
“Rosie’s had the support of her brother Archie (8) and her climbing and Verve friends, who did some of the climbs with her to encourage her and keep her smiling throughout. The whole family is incredibly proud of Rosie and her determination to complete her climb and raise as much money as possible for Bluebell Wood.”
Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood said: “It’s fantastic to see children like Rosie do something as inspired as this. We really do appreciate it. Every penny raised will help us to make even more special memories for the children and families in our care. From end of life care, short breaks and music therapy to counselling, sibling support, home visits and more, we can only do all this at Bluebell Wood thanks to the amazing work of supporters like Rosie and everyone at Verve.”