June 12, 2018 10.36 am This story is over 42 months old

Sleaford boy scales mountains for poorly puma

An impressive climb

A nine-year-old boy from Sleaford has climbed two mountains in a bid to raise money for a poorly puma at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park.

Cub Scout Harry Ratcliffe, of the 3rd Sleaford scout group, was inspired to raise money after hearing about Nigel the Puma’s impending sight loss and the park’s attempt at building a new sensory enclosure to maintain his quality of life.

Photo: Louise Ratcliffe

He set out to climb both Scafell Pike and Mount Snowden, the highest mountains in England and in Wales, over the course of his week-long half term.

Scafell Pike stands at 978 meters, 3209ft, and Snowden stands at 1085 meters, 3560ft. Both challenging climbs for even seasoned climbers.

Photo: Louise Ratcliffe

His efforts meant that he raised £505 in sponsorship towards the £70,000 needed for the ‘state of the art’ enclosure at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park.

Harry Ratcliffe said: “I love all animals and was proud to complete this challenge to help Nigel.

“I enjoyed both climbs and I’m looking forward to handing my sponsor money over to Steve from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

“Hopefully others might be inspired to follow and raise the much needed money.”

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