Fearless boy, nine, is climbing the UK's most perilous rock faces to make his dead mother proud

Mail Online | 5/30/2019 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline
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A fearless nine-year-old schoolboy is smashing climbing records by scaling some of the UK's most perilous rock faces to keep the promise he made to his dead mother.

Edward Mills, from Caithness, Scotland, is currently the youngest person to have tackled the mammoth 450ft ascent up the Old Man of Hoy sea stack.

Tour - Country - £50 - Charity - Memory

And his climbing tour of the country is still ongoing as he looks to raise £50,000 for charity in memory of his mother Bekki who died from breast cancer in August last year.

Edward, who promised his mother he would never stop climbing, said: 'My mum was so proud of me when I started climbing, and I wanted to impress her, I wanted to be the boy that took challenges on and finished them.


'I reckon if she could see me now, she would hug me so tight I probably wouldn't be able to breathe, that's how happy she would be for me.'

'I climb with my dad a lot, we often just go outside and find rocks to climb just for fun - we also do competitions and climb at a mixture of different clubs.

Top - Man - Hoy - Years - Mum

'It felt amazing when we made it to the top of the Man of Hoy, we had planned it for years and my mum got a ferry to watch me do it.

'I love climbing, it feels free, and there's no better feeling than getting to the top of a difficult climb.'

Edward - Dad - Nathan - Climbing - Centre

Edward first started climbing aged two, when his dad Nathan, 46, took him to an indoor climbing centre.

He now climbs every weekend in a variety of locations including Mid Clyth, Railay Beach, Toridon, Dunnet, Dartmoor and Latheron.

Nathan - 'I - Edward - Passion

Nathan said: 'I'm so proud of Edward, the passion he shows for what he does is so wonderful to watch.

'The fact that he has raised over £40,000 for a charity...
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