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Ethan reaches the summit of Everest – via his stairs at home!

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Huge congratulations to 11 year old Ethan Thompson, who has powered his way through his (virtual) climb up Everest, via his stairs at home, and has now reached the very top!  Ethan has climbed over 8,848 metres on his stairs and has been doing the challenge to raise money for our Isolation Unit Appeal. Ethan’s grandmother Marian is a resident at Charlotte Straker House, and she has been cheering him on through his arduous challenge.

Ethan has raised an incredible £1,243 so far, and reached the summit after 42 days on 28th August. Donations are still welcome via the link here –

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Charlotte Straker Trustees commented, “We are so impressed with Ethan’s dedication and strength and so grateful that he has managed to raise so much for our Isolation Unit Appeal at Charlotte Straker House. His grandmother has been following his progress, every step of the way, and we’ve all been amazed by his commitment and perseverance. Our Isolation Unit is in constant use.  Any resident returning from hospital or with possible symptoms is also isolated in this Unit. We have had no Covid infections in residents so far. One room is being used as a visiting area between residents and families. The money that Ethan has raised will help us towards our goal of keeping the Unit open until the threat of the virus has passed.”

Glenys, Ethan’s mum added “Ethan has climbed almost every single day throughout the Summer holidays, apart from one weekend when he went camping and his birthday. We’re surprised but delighted at the interest his challenge has generated and very pleased at the amount of money raised for the Isolation Unit Appeal. In the second week of the holidays, he fell down the stairs and bruised himself but just brushed it off as an “avalanche” and just got up and carried on climbing. We worked out that he climbed our stairs a total of 3253 times – I am so proud of him and how brave he has been.”

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