Oscar’s Everest Walk
2127. Oscar Burrow
Oscar Burrow, aged 6, from Lancaster, has climbed over 12 UK mountains since last October, matching the equivalent height of Everest, and raised nearly £40,000 for ‘Derian House Children’s Hospice’.
Oscar was inspired by learning about Edmund Hilary, and wanted to follow in his footsteps and climb Mount Everest, while raising money to help fund holiday opportunities for families needing a respite from challenging periods in their lives. ‘Oscar’s Everest Walk’ intended to raise £8,849 to match the mountain’s height in metres, with Oscar climbing several UK summits, including Snowdon and Scarfell Pike. Having quickly reached his initial target, he reset it to £29,303 to match the height of Everest in feet. Oscar completed the final challenge on the 29th May, which was the 70th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay.
Oscar is continuing to climb new mountains for charity, completing the Three Peaks challenge this month.
David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said:
“What a fantastic achievement. Oscar has done something that most adults would find extremely difficult but to do it at the age of 6 is absolutely incredible. To walk the equivalent height of Everest and for such a fantastic cause as ‘Derian House’, Oscar should be so proud of himself. On behalf of the community in Morecambe and Lunesdale I want to say a huge well done and thank you to Oscar for all the money he has raised.”
Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said:
“Oscar should be so very proud of what he has achieved for ‘Derian House’, he is an inspiration to us all and on behalf of our community in Lancaster I just want to say well done Oscar!”
“Wow, I am going to get a certificate from the Prime Minister who runs the country.”
Oscar’s Dad Matt said:
“It is amazing that Oscar’s challenge has captured the interest of so many people. He got a letter from Prince William last month and to now reach the Prime Minister’s office for a Points of Light Award is fantastic. We hope all the interest raises further awareness of the great work the ‘Derian House Children’s Hospice’ does for the families of Lancashire.”
Pictured below: Oscar and his Dad in the Cairngorms