Big-hearted Derbyshire youngsters to climb Ben Nevis for NSPCC

Two Derbyshire youngsters are preparing to climb Ben Nevis to raise money for the NSPCC.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 11:31 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 9:54 am

Nine-year-old Konnal Monk, a pupil at Castle View Primary School in Matlock, and his 10-year-old cousin Sapphire Monk, who attends Grassmoor Primary School, will scale Scotland’s iconic mountain between May 30 and June 5.

Konnal’s mum Amanda will also take part in the challenge alongside her parents Tracey and Paul.

Konnal and Sapphire Monk with Konnal's little sister Jasmine in the middle. Picture by Paul Monk.

Amanda said: “This is something so close to us all – I'm just so so proud.

“Both of them have been through difficult times in life but it's the compassion and empathy that they show that really shines out.

“I think the world needs a bit more of this and these two youngsters are definitely showing it.

“My mum Tracey, who is now Sapphire’s legal guardian, will also be climbing – she has helped Sapphire so much.

“And my dad Paul, who is an amazing photographer, will be taking pictures throughout the whole event.

“It will be so amazing and emotional to walk and reach the summit with my mum, dad, son and niece, knowing that we will be helping other children in a situation we all understand.”

The youngsters has so far raised nearly £150 on their JustGiving page, which states: “Konnal and Sapphire are raising money for the NSPCC to help children who are being abused – something that has personally touched all of our lives.

“They will be climbing to the summit of Ben Nevis for all of the children in situations out of their control – situations which have led them to feel scared, isolated, sad and desperate for help.

“Every single child deserves to grow up with love, happiness, encouragement and to feel safe; to have their basic needs met such as food, water, clothing and shelter.

“ As human beings we need to acknowledge this and act.

“So many people always ask ‘how could anyone abuse a child?’

“We ask ‘how can so many good people not do anything about it?’”

The NSPCC is the UK's leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

For more information about this vital charity and to find out how you can support it, visit

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