Sunday, April 29, 2012

Schoolboy conquers Ben Nevis

A PORTISHEAD schoolboy and his dad braved snow and ice to raise more than £500 for charity.

 Steven Wait decided he wanted to raise some money for Dyslexia Action, a national organisation that helps to change the lives of people affected by dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

The 10-year-old has attended the St Barnabas dyslexia centre in West Hill, which is supported by Dyslexia Action, since being diagnosed with dyslexia two years ago.

His mum Caroline said: “Steven has made great progress with the expert tuition he has received and said he wanted to raise money to help other children in his situation.”

Steven, a pupil at St Peter’s Primary School, and his father Nick decided to take up the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis and asked friends and family to sponsor them. They completed the climb in seven-and-a-half hours on April 7.

Steven said: “It was quite tough and there was quite a lot of snow above 2,000ft but it was worth it.
Anyone still wanting to sponsor the pair can do so by emailing

More than six million people in the UK are dyslexic and Dyslexia Action aims to help remove barriers to learning and employment for people with dyslexia.

The Western Mercury

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