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Edward Mills tackled the ascent on Friday afternoon
An eight-year old boy from Caithness in the Highlands has become the youngest person to climb the Old Man of Hoy sea stack off the coast of Orkney.Edward Mills, who lives in Dunnet, set himself the challenge to raise money for the charity Climbers Against Cancer.His mum, Bekki Christian, has terminal breast cancer.She told the BBC Scotland news website: "He's done it. He climbed every move himself."He completed the 450ft (140m) ascent on Friday afternoon, with his coaches Ben West and Cailean Harker.
The team reached the top at about 16:55 on Friday
The record was previously held by 10-year-old Ollie Buckle, from Flax Bourton, near Bristol.Prior to that, renowned British climber Leo Houlding scaled the landmark when he was 11.Edward and his team began their climb at midday and reached the top at 16:55.His JustGiving page called, Edward vs The Old Man of Hoy, has had donations totalling more than "The hardest thing he has ever done, he said. He was anxious this morning but overcame it to make it all the way to the top. "He filled his name in the book kept at the top and wrote a personal message."
Edward was raising money for the charity Climbers Against Cancer
The eight-year-old made it to the group finals of the British Mountaineering Council's Youth Climbing Series last year - the first time he had entered.This year he earned a place on the Scotland youth climbing team. His family said Orkney was a special place for them, having holidayed there many times. On the fundraising page, his dad said he hoped Edward, and his older brother George's, love of climbing, and the "amazing community" they had become part of through the sport, would help them deal with the "incredibly difficult time" they were facing as a result of their mum's cancer.
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